A poignant tribute has been made by Ben Shephard for a contestant who died before an episode of Tipping Point aired.
The TV presenter, 47, took to social media before the latest instalment of the ITV quiz show on Wednesday to inform fans that the show's guest, Cath from Bolton, had sadly passed away.
He wrote on Twitter: "Today’s Tipping Point is a poignant one… since recording the show, lovely contestant Cath, pictured backstage here, has passed away.
"Our thoughts and love are with her family and friends."
Viewers of the popular TV programme reacted to the news below the tweet to share their condolences.
One said: "Its allways sad to here of some ones passing when they have been on the show
"So sad for their family RIP Lady And Thank You tipping point for informing us if some one we've seen on the show not that it is a celebration but we might of remember them and send our condolences".
Another added: "That is so sad, my thoughts and prayers are with her family at this awful time. May she rest in peace."
A third fan said: "Very caring Ben. Sorry to hear the sad news and my thoughts go out to her family sad very sad."
A potential neighbour of Cath also reached out in the replies saying: "Thankyou Ben she was a fantastic friend and neighbour to us all, thank you".
Cathy appeared on Wednesdays episode of Tipping Point and was the first contestant to be eliminated from the tense quiz show.
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As she left she said to Ben: "I don't want to go home. Thank you for having me."
Following the episode, Tipping Point made a statement on the official Facebook page, stating: "After the recording of today's programme, we spoke with Cath’s family who shared the sad news of Cath's passing.
"Everyone at Tipping Point would like to extend their sincerest sympathies."
Tipping Point airs every weekday at 4pm on ITV.
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