Rest in peace, Dale Winton. The TV star — most known for hosting the UK’s versions of Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win It — has sadly died in his home at age 62, his longtime agent confirmed “with great sadness” to The Guardian on Wednesday, April 18. “While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief,” Jan Kennedy said in a statement.
Dale reportedly battled private health issues for years prior to his unfortunate passing. Though he kept the details of his condition from fans, the TV host did reveal he previously battled depression during a 2016 episode of the British talk show Loose Women. At the time, he said a recent, bad breakup negatively affected his mental health.
Dale in 2016.
“I should have taken myself off the TV, but I didn’t. Listen, there are worse things in the world, but I had depression and I didn’t realize. I always thought, ‘Get over yourself.’ But my mum died of it. It exists, and anybody out there who has had it knows it exists. I didn’t want to put one foot in front of the other but for a couple of really good friends… I wanted to withdraw but you know what this business is like. I didn’t look great,” he explained.
Dale’s life had been particularly hard, even before his final years. His father, Gary Winton, died when he was just 13 years old and as he once said, his mother, actress Sheree Winton, died by suicide after her own battle with clinical depression. But the star hadn’t let those personal tragedies hinder his showbiz ambitions. In addition to his job hosting Supermarket Sweep, he also presented the popular game show Hole in the Wall and starred on the TV travelogue Florida Fly Drive. Our thoughts are with Dale’s family and friends during this difficult time.