Paul Hollywood says 'I'm so sorry' as Great British Bake Off star dies

A former Great British Bake Off star has died at the age of 61. Dawn Hollyoak was the sixth baker to leave the tent in the 2022 series of the Channel 4 show.

The former IT manager was said to have "passed away peacefully surrounded by her family". The cause of her death has not been disclosed.

A heartfelt message was posted by Dawn's family on her Instagram page. It read: "It's with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our star baker Dawn."

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The post continued: "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 Mirror reports that Paul Hollywood, one of the show's judges, was quick to offer his condolences. He wrote: "I'm so sorry to hear that, send my love to the family, a lovely lady x."

Carole Edwards, who left the show just a week before Dawn, added: "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."."

Giuseppe Dell'Anno, who won the show in 2021, said it was "devastating news", adding: "I only met Dawn once, but I was blown away by her joyous personality and her infectious smile. She will be sorely missed, but will live in the heart of those who loved her forever!"