Great British Bake Off star dies as Paul Hollywood leads tributes

The Great British Bake Off 2022
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Paul Hollywood has led the tributes following the sad news that a 'Great British Bake Off' favourite, Dawn Hollyoak, has died at 61. The former IT manager, who was the sixth contestant to leave the tent in the 2022 series, passed away, her family confirmed.

In an emotional post on Instagram, they wrote: "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 family have not revealed the cause of her death, reports the Daily Record.

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Judge Paul Hollywood responded to the news on Instagram, commenting: "I'm so sorry to hear that, send my love to the family a lovely lady x."

Carole Edwards, who competed alongside Dawn and left the show just before her, shared her grief: "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 was crowned the winner of the 'Great British Bake Off's' 13th series, which also saw Abdul Rehman Sharif and Sandro Farmhouse reach the final.