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British TV star John Noakes dead at 83

Beloved British TV presenter John Noakes has died aged 83.
John, the longest serving co-host of the BBC’s iconic children’s magazine show Blue Peter, passed away on Sunday (28May17) after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his family confirmed in a statement.
“Whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing,” they told the BBC.
A co-presenter of the show in the 1960s and 1970s, during his 12 year tenure he became noted for his relationship with the show’s on-set pets, most famously for his bond with a Border Collie dog called Shep.
The Noakes family added, “His many escapades with his faithful companion Shep, during his time with Blue Peter, will live on in many peoples memories. That is how his family would like him remembered.”
Noakes left Blue Peter in 1978 and continued to work in television until 2013.
His wife Vicky revealed he had been diagnosed with the brain wasting disease in 2015, after he was reported missing near his home in Majorca, Spain.

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