Great British Bake Off community in mourning as contestant passes away

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Paul Hollywood has led the tributes as the 'Great British Bake Off' family mourns the loss of one of its stars. Dawn Hollyoak, who was best known to fans as the sixth baker to say goodbye on the show's 2022 edition, has died aged 61, her bereaved family has confirmed.

With hearts heavy, Dawn's loved ones took to her Instagram to announce: "It's with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our star baker Dawn."

They continued with touching homage, saying, "Not only a wonderfully talented baker but first and foremost an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend. Dawn passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. We will miss her forever, but promise to continue her baking legacy!".

Details surrounding the cause of Dawn's death have been kept private thus far, reports the Daily Record.

Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood offered heartfelt condolences on the social media tribute, commenting: "I'm so sorry to hear that, send my love to the family a lovely lady x."

Carole Edwards, who left the competition just ahead of Dawn, shared her grief as well, remarking: "I will miss my friend terribly, a beautiful and talented smart lady inside and out, fly high my friend, life just won't be the same without you."

She added a personal note to Dawn's family: "Sending all my love to the family. Xx."

The 13th series of Great British Bake Off saw Syabira Yusoff crowned the winner, with Abdul Rehman Sharif and Sandro Farmhouse completing the finalists' line-up.