'Great British Bake Off' contestant Luis Troyano has passed away at the age of 48.
Luis Troyano has sadly passed away a number of days ago, following his battle with oesophageal cancer. He underwent surgery in April of this year to remove a cancerous tumour.
Luis placed as runner-up in season five of 'Bake Off' in 2014. The final of the series saw him face off against Richard Burr and Nancy Birtwhistle, with the latter eventually coming out on top.
Since then, he released his own cookbook entitled 'Bake It Great', as well as making appearances on BBC cookery shows. The baker opened up his first bakery in his hometown of Poynton, Stockport.
The 'Great British Bake Off' Twitter account shared a tribute to the show's previous contestant, saying: "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. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family."
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. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/4gLiNBGaUL
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) November 3, 2020
Luis is survived by his wife Louise, who has set up a fundraising page for cancer charity Macmillan. Anne Kibel, Luis' agent, shared the donation page on her Twitter account.
Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week. A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts.https://t.co/S61Zgm3Vms
— Anne Kibel (@AKAManagement) November 3, 2020
Here's a clip of Luis Troyano from his time in the 'Bake Off' tent.