Luis Troyano, the Season 5 runner-up on “The Great British Bake Off,” has passed away at age 48.
On Tuesday, the baker’s representative, Anna Kibel, announced the tragic news that Troyano lost his battle to esophageal cancer last week.
“Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against esophageal cancer last week,” Kibel wrote on Twitter. “A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of ‘GBBO,’ write a wonderful book, ‘Bake It Great’ and do so much more. Always in our thoughts.”
Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week. A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts.https://t.co/S61Zgm3Vms— Anne Kibel (@AKAManagement) November 3, 2020
In a JustGiving page that aims to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, Troyano’s wife Louise posted a posthumous message from Luis where he thanked medical professionals for their tireless work.
“A special thankyou to Macmillan Cancer Support, East Cheshire Hospice and the NHS including Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust for trying to save my life and their tireless work to try and eliminate cancer,” the message read.
“But more importantly a massive thank you to all the amazing professionals who really did try their absolute best for me, showed me absolute compassion and gave me more time than what was seemingly possible. I thank you sincerely.”
As of this writing, the crowdsourcing page has raised £1,989, which is around $2600.
Additionally, the official Twitter account for “The Great British Bake Off” offered their condolences, writing on their page:
We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away. It was a huge honour and pleasure to have him in the Bake Off Tent for Series Five. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/4gLiNBGaUL— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) November 3, 2020
In a tweet dated April 24, 2020, Luis wrote that he had cancer surgery exactly one year before, in which an “awful tumour” was removed.
A year ago today I had my cancer surgery and an awful tumour removed that would have killed me. So a huge thank you to the amazing teams @SalfordRoyalNHS @TheChristieNHS @gi_upper @BilalAlkhaffaf and all the other incredible people @NHSuk that saved my life. I'm in your debt ❤— Luis Troyano (@luistroyano) April 24, 2020
Per Variety, Troyano had worked as a marketing manager with the Salford City Council.
In addition to “GBBO,” he had appeared in TV shows such as “BBC Good Food” and “BBC Breakfast.”
In 2015, he released a book titled “Bake it Great: Tips and Tricks to Transform Your Bakes from Everyday to Extraordinary,” which features recipes ranging from cupcakes to breads.
He will be missed.