Luis Troyano has passed away, aged 48, following a battle with cancer.
The Northerner took part in the 2014 series of The Great British Bake Off, being dubbed the Dark Horse and making it to the finals.
The sad news was confirmed by his management in a tweet that read: "Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week.
"A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts."
His wife Louise has set up a fundraiser on Just Giving to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The page says: "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
"This page has been set up for Macmillan Cancer Support but in truth, Luis gave a big thank you to everyone involved in his care. In Luis' own words..
"A special thank you to Macmillan Cancer Support, East Cheshire Hospice and the NHS including Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust for trying to save my life and their tireless work to try and eliminate cancer.
Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week. A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts.https://t.co/S61Zgm3Vms
— Anne Kibel (@AKAManagement) November 3, 2020
"But more importantly a massive thank you to all the amazing professionals who really did try their absolute best for me, showed me absolute compassion and gave me more time than what was seemingly possible. I thank you sincerely."
Bake Off has paid tribute to Luis, sharing on social media: "We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away.
"It was a huge honour and pleasure to have him in the Bake Off tent for series five. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family."
We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away. It was a huge honour and pleasure to have him in the Bake Off Tent for Series Five. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/4gLiNBGaUL
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) November 3, 2020
Luis was born in Stockport to Spanish parents, and often used Spanish influence in his cooking while on the show.
He met his wife in college at the age of 17 with the pair marrying in Las Vegas 17 years later.
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