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26 October 2020 10:46

A family friend told the BBC Bough died on Wednesday in a care home.

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We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. BBC Breakfast star Mike Bushell, 54, took to Twitter to tell fans about a memory he shared with presenter Frank Bough in a heartfelt tribute. The latter died last Wednesday in a care home, according to a family friend.

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Mike shared BBC Breakfast's Twitter post, which showed various snaps of Frank from his time at the BBC. I sent him a letter and he replied wishing me and @LUFC all the best In view of his 59,000 followers, he wrote: "Aw no. So sad. When I was 7 and editor of village newspaper the Daily Owl I did a chat with Frank." On his response from the presenter at the time, he added: "I sent him a letter and he replied wishing me and @LUFC all the best for the 1974 season and tips for the Daily Owl @BBCBreakfast." Many of Mike's fans flocked to his post to comment. One user wrote: "Such sad news!

What a legend." READ MORE: James May on 'easier way' of resolving Clarkson's Top Gear 'fracas' FRANK Bough was one of the most well-known faces on British TV from the 1960s to 1980s presenting BBC's Grandstand and later Breakfast Time. He died in October 2020 at a care home at the age of 87. 3 Nesta stayed with Frank Bough despite the revelations in the News Of The World Credit: PA:Press Association Who is Frank Bough's wife Nesta Howells? Bough met Nesta Howells while he was doing his national service in the Royal Tank Regiment. The pair married after Bough left the Army in 1959. He was once one of the BBC's top wage earners and highest profile presenters. He died on Wednesday, October 21, in a care home, a family friend said on Sunday, October 25. His career began in 1964 when he presented the show Sportsview, taking over from Peter Dimmock. Bough later established himself as a TV personality and became one of the highest-paid presenters on the BBC - earning a huge £200,000 at the time. However, his BBC career came to an abrupt end in 1988 after they sacked him following a newspaper expose which revealed he took cocaine and visited Mayfair brothels. After leaving the BBC, Bough went on to present on ITV and Sky TV but his reputation never recovered. Nesta stood by him despite the scandal and remained with him until his death. She admitted though she had been angry and had considered leaving him. She said in a Sky News programme: "Obviously I have thought, 'Do I stay or do I go?'. "We have been together a long time. We have brought up a family. "We have still got a lot going for us. I do feel betrayed by it, but I do not feel that it is anything personal to do with me." 3 Frank and Nesta had three sons together during their long marriage Credit: Mirrorpix Did they have any children? They had three sons: David, Stephen and Andrew. For the last 20 years Frank has been living with his wife in Holyport, Berkshire. 3 Frank Bough was the face of Saturday afternoon TV for many years when he presented BBC's sports show Grandstand Credit: Getty Images - Getty How did Frank Bough die? A family friend told the BBC that Bough died on Wednesday, October 21, in a care home as the cause of his death currently remains unknown. Tributes have poured in for the presenter, with Piers Morgan tweeting: "RIP Frank Bough, 87. 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A family friend told the BBC Bough died on Wednesday in a care home. Bough was one of the best-known TV hosts in the 1970s and 1980s and was part of the launch of the BBC's Breakfast TV show in 1983. As a former Oxford soccer Blue, he anchored six World Cups, six Olympics and at least a dozen Five Nations championships for the BBC. Bough also worked for other major networks including Sky, ITV and London Weekend Television. His career with the BBC ended in 1988 when he was sacked over a sex-related scandal. Bough later spoke of his regret over the incident and said his behaviour had been "exceedingly stupid". A spokesperson for the BBC said: "Frank excelled as a live presenter with the BBC for many years and we are very sorry to hear of his passing. "We send our condolences to his family and friends." Tributes to Bough were posted online by fellow BBC journalists, politicians and other broadcasters. Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan said: "RIP Frank Bough, Star of Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time. "His career was ruined by scandal, but he was one of the great live TV presenters. Sad news." Astrologer Russell Grant, who helped launch BBC Breakfast Time with Bough in 1983, said: "I am deeply saddened at the loss of an old television friend. "Frank Bough was a great man to work with. We launched #BBCBreakfastTime in January 1983. Always there for advice and support. "'They' said we wouldn't get on but we absolutely did – chalk n cheese! See you, Frank." (Image: PA) Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling said Bough was "one of the very best in the business" and had always been "helpful and generous with his time". Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, said her father Clifford "spoke highly" of him when reminiscing about time served together in the Tank Regiment during conscription. Former F1 world champion Damon Hill said simply "RIP Frank indeed." Former Labour MP George Galloway called Bough "peerless" as a presenter, adding: "The BBC have no one like him now."

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