Luis Troyano, ‘Great British Bake Off’ star, dead at 48 after cancer battle

Luis was a runner-up in the show in 2014.

“The Great British Bake Off” star Luis Troyano has died after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 48 years old.

The 2014 finalist died last week, his wife, Louise, announced in a tribute on her JustGiving page that is raising money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure x,” Louise wrote. “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.”

The show’s official Twitter account also honored Troyano early Tuesday.

“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,” the account tweeted. “Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family.”

Troyano’s manager, Anne Kibel, described him as a “fantastic man with a love of baking” in a tweet confirming his passing.

Troyano made it to the final of “GBBO” in 2014 but ultimately lost to competitor Nancy Birtwhistle. He went on to appear on “BBC Good Food” and “BBC Breakfast.”

He released a book titled “Bake It Great” in 2015.

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