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Tributes to 'much-loved' TV presenter Kristian Digby

Kristian Digby
Kristian Digby was described as a much-loved, talented presenter

Tributes have been paid to BBC television presenter Kristian Digby who was found dead at his flat in east London on Monday morning.

The 32-year-old, who was also a film director, had worked on a number of property shows including BBC One's To Buy or Not To Buy.

His sudden death has shocked friends, colleagues and fans who said he was "a much-loved presenter".

The results of a post-mortem examination have been "inconclusive".

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said they are waiting for further tests.

"The death is still being treated as unexplained.

"We are satisfied there was no third-party involvement."

'Delightful young man'

Mr Digby was pronounced dead at the scene after ambulance services were called to his flat in Richford Road, Newham, at about 0745 GMT on Monday.

He went to the independent Bramdean School in Exeter where he battled with dyslexia.

Head teacher Tony Connett said: "He was a delightful young man.

Kristian presented a documentary on literacy where he thanked his mother for her help with his dyslexia in 2006.

"But he was quite shy and needed something to build his confidence.

"We gave him a video camera and he showed which direction his skills lay with a film about the Combined Cadet Force."

He went back to the school to make a film for the BBC about dyslexia.

"He said he was grateful for the support we gave him," said Mr Connett.

"It was a privilege to have taught him."

The property expert, who was born into a family of property developers, worked on a number of other shows including Double Agents, Living In The Sun, House Swap and Buy It, Sell It, Bank It.

Dominic Littlewood, who was Mr Digby's co-presenter on To Buy or Not to Buy, said: "There's not a bad word I can say about Kristian.

"He was a lovely, fun, nice, jolly, decent person."

Mr Digby's agent and friend Jo Wander said: "I am devastated by the loss.

"He was a lovely guy and a very talented presenter and director.

"I will miss him hugely and my thoughts at this time are with his family and his many friends. He will be sorely missed."

'Energy and warmth'

Mr Digby presented That Gay Show, in 2001, on former BBC digital channel BBC Choice and in 2006 he appeared in Simon Fanshawe's The Trouble with Gay Men on BBC Three.

"He did so much for the gay community," said Julian Bennett, fellow broadcaster and friend of Mr Digby.

"He appealed to the masses. He was well educated. He made gay acceptable to the middle class and that was a tough thing to do.

"Being gay has never been a problem for him. He was a gentleman."

A spokesman for the BBC said: "Kristian was a much-loved and talented presenter for BBC Daytime.

"He brought a real sense of energy and warmth to all the shows he presented for us and will be sorely missed.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

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