Terry Nutkins dead at 66

Nutkins, famous in his native U.K. for presenting hit BBC wildlife shows including Animal Magic and The Really Wild Show, passed away on Thursday (06Sep12) after a battle with leukaemia.

In the later years of his career, he made cameo appearances on programmes including Celebrity Ghost Stories and Ready Steady Cook, and also appeared in a documentary about famed Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin.

Father-of-eight Nutkins was also a keen beekeeper and an official member of the British Beekeepers’ Association.

Following news of his death, animal-loving funnyman Ricky Gervais took to Twitter.com to pay tribute, writing, “RIP Terry Nutkins. Animal lover and thoroughly nice chap.”