Great British Bake Off star dies as Paul Hollywood leads tributes

Paul Hollywood has led the tributes after a 'Great British Bake Off' star has sadly passed away. Dawn Hollyoak, a former IT manager, who was the sixth baker to leave the tent in the 2022 series, died at the age of 61, her family confirmed.

In a heartfelt message on her Instagram, they shared: "It's with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our star baker Dawn.

"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!".

The cause of Dawn's death has not been disclosed.

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Paul Hollywood, one of the show's judges, was quick to offer his condolences, writing on the Instagram post: "I'm so sorry to hear that, send my love to the family a lovely lady x."

Fellow contestant Carole Edwards, who left the show just before Dawn, also expressed her sorrow, saying: "I will miss my friend terribly, a beautiful and talented lady inside and out, fly high my friend, life just won't be the same without you."

"Sending all my love to the family. Xx."

Syabira Yusoff emerged as the champion of the 'Great British Bake Off's' 13th series, which also featured finalists Abdul Rehman Sharif and Sandro Farmhouse.