“John Noakes was one of the BBC’s most loved children’s presenters. He was a warm and engaging presenter who appealed to all ages and provided children’s TV with some of its most memorable moments. He will be missed by his many friends and family.”
John Noakes, who hosted the childrens show Blue Peter in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 83.
Noakes was the longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side.
He was also known for his daredevil stunts like climbing Nelson’s Column and jumping out of planes – and for his famous encounter with a baby elephant.
A family statement said he had “endured and suffered from” Alzheimer’s disease.
“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,” it said.
“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.”
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