Paul Hollywood mourns Great British Bake Off contestant as family shares news of tragic death

The 'Great British Bake Off' family is in mourning following the news of former contestant Dawn Hollyoak's passing. The IT manager, who was known for her talents in the series' tent this year, died at the age of 61, as confirmed by her family.

The family expressed their grief in a heartfelt Instagram post: "It's with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our star baker Dawn."

Describing her as an exceptional mother, grandmother, wife and friend, they shared how Dawn left the world peacefully surrounded by those she loved, adding, "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!".

No details around what led to Dawn's passing have been revealed.

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Judge Paul Hollywood released words of comfort, responding to the Instagram post: "I'm so sorry to hear that, send my love to the family a lovely lady x.", reports the Daily Record.

Meanwhile, Carole Edwards, who exited the show immediately before Dawn, poured her own sentiments: "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."

She also sent her love to the grieving household, saying: "Sending all my love to the family. Xx."

In the same season of 'Great British Bake Off', Syabira Yusoff claimed victory while Abdul Rehman Sharif and Sandro Farmhouse secured their spots in the finale.