Dale Winton death: 'Heartbroken' David Walliams pays tribute to great friend with hilarious photos and anecdotes

Natasha Sporn
Heartbroken: David Walliams paid tribute to his late friend Dale Winton, who has died aged 62: Twitter / David Walliams

David Walliams has paid tribute to his friend Dale Winton after his shock death, sharing a series of personal memories on social media.

Shortly after the sad news was announced on Wednesday evening, the Britain’s Got Talent judge posted that he was “heartbroken” as tributes poured in.

Walliams and Winton were firm friends, with the Supermarket Sweep presenter often appearing on Walliams’ comedy show Come Fly with Me also starring Matt Lucas.

On Thursday morning, Walliams returned to Twitter to share a series of anecdotes remembering Winton, as well as a photo of the two of them together.

Before sharing stories, Walliams beautifully wrote: “Dale was the best company, always outrageous & hilarious.

“He adored being in show business & loved meeting fans. He devoted his life to making everyone else happy, his friends, the public & his godsons, even though he found it hard to be happy himself.”

Emotionally, he concluded: “I pray he has found peace.”

In one tweet, he wrote: “One night Dale & I were going out to dinner & he stopped off on the way to buy diet lemonade from a corner shop. He was in there about 20 minutes.

“When he finally got back in the car I asked ‘what took you so long?’ & he said ‘sorry David I am very big with the Indian community!’”

While another read: “One afternoon Dale & I were out shopping & some policeman were standing on the street corner. He gave them a huge wave & called out ‘hello loves, hello darlings!’

“I asked why he was saying hello. He replied ‘always wave at policemen David.

"You never know when you might need one!’”

Walliams also shared a snap of him with his arm around Winton – which he later made his header - as well as posting a picture of smiling down from a window and one in a car.

He also revealed that Winton said that his “ideal man was Omid Djalili”, a tweet the comedian shared with the phrase “Omg”.

The Hole In The Wall and In It To Win It frontman’s death was announced on Wednesday 18 April.

"It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today," long-term agent Jan Kennedy said in a statement.

"While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time of grief."