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nighthawk
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Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:46 am

Television presenter Richard Whiteley has died after a long illness.

The host of Channel 4's day time quiz show Countdown had been recovering from pneumonia and missed recording of the upcoming series.

The 61-year-old presenter from West Yorkshire fell ill back in May and was rushed to hospital in Bradford. He had been said to be "recovering slowly".


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4625119.stm

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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:51 am

OMG! I thought he was supposed to be on the road to recovery. Countdown will never be the same, RIP.
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:54 am

That's a shock, though I don't much watch the programme that made him well known, last reports were that he was getting better.

Reading the BBC obit, he was the poor bloke savaged by a ferret with an attitude in that famous TV clip from the 70's.
 
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:55 am

Holy...

May god rest his sole.. and the 9 letter word.

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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:56 am

Bloody hell, I never even knew he was ill.
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:38 am

Very shocking and sad news. RIP  Sad
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:46 am

OMG! I am shocked at this too! I also was lead to believe he was on the road to recovery. Have seen him a few times over the years as he lived not far from me.

No more of his garish ties on Countdown  Sad
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:49 am

He will no doubt be sorely missed by anyone who's been a student in the last 20 years. RIP
 
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:51 am

Quoting Catatonic (Reply 4):
Bloody hell, I never even knew he was ill.

me neither  Sad

He missed filming of the new series apparently cause he was ill  Sad
 
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:57 am

Fucking hell. Sorely missed by anyone who's been off school/been off work/been ill/been a student/fancied the arse off Carol Vorderman in the last 20 years or so. This has affected me more than when Princess Diana died  Sad
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:59 am



What a beast.
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:02 pm

RIP Richard.

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Countdown will NEVER be the same  Sad
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:56 pm

do do dodo do dooooooooooooooooooo

I took a look at the front page of Metro today and was dumbfounded. Apparently he died while in heart surgery. I guess Carol will have to go alone to bondage clubs now.
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:20 am

Very sad and shocked to hear the news. No more Downcount!  

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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:52 am

Wow, that news came out of no where. Used to kill time sometimes during the summer holidays in the UK watching countdown. Sad to hear he's passed away.

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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:14 am

RIP the Mayor of Wetwang. He's a tv institution in the UK. Countdown was the first program broadcast on C4. He'll be missed by a whole lot of people, myself included.

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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:20 am

What 20 something in the UK has not grown up with this bloke on the telly.

Saw this this morning and could not belive it.Last i heard he was getting better

RIP a TV legend
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:15 pm

really sad news. a giant of light entertainment. i had the pleasure to meet him once and he was just like he was on the telly - friendly, open and pleasant.

very sad news.
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Thu Jun 30, 2005 5:25 am

As the Guardian Said, Richard, you were terrible, but we loved you, and its true, a true character, and will be sorely missed.

Truly, definitely irreplaceable
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Thu Jun 30, 2005 5:57 am

Ironic that he was recently in those Channel 4 stings where he was saying that he wanted to be remembered as being the "First face on Channel 4" - well he has certainly achieved that.

I personally remember being very excited about the arrival of Channel 4 after years of only having 3 TV channels, and remember watching Countdown for the first time. It'll never be the same without him.

RIP Mr. Whiteley.
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:21 pm

Richard Whiteley’s funeral has just been announced.

It’s on YSEWADNDE.
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RE: Presenter Richard Whiteley Dies

Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:24 pm

Already the jokes are starting to come in...
"At least Richard Whitely finished on a nine letter word....Pneumonia"
"The song that will be played at his funeral will be 'The Final Countdown'"
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