TV legend Dale Winton did not kill himself, he died of natural causes: Coroner
Dale Winton, the former host of 'Supermarket Sweep' was found dead at his London home on April 18, and many speculated that he had killed himself.
A coroner has ruled that former 'Supermarket Sweep' presenter Dale Winton died of natural causes. The host was found dead at his North London home on April 18. His death was confirmed then by his agent, who said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton, who died at home earlier today...While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time of grief." Following his death, there were rumors about him committing suicide. However, 'Loose Women' panelist Gloria Hunniford explained that his death was not because of suicide.
During her appearance on the ITV show, she said, "He had his assistant in the house and had a cup of coffee and a chat, he was fine...He then said, 'Do you know what, I'm not feeling great', so he went upstairs for a bath or a shower...She thought it was a bit quiet, so went upstairs in half an hour's time and sadly found him dead in his bed." Gloria has ever since been keen on keeping the record of his death straight.
His agent too confirmed that the coroner ruled out suicide, making it clear that his death was the result of natural causes. Jan Kennedy, the office of Dale Winton's long-time agent, told the Press Association, "The coroner investigating the death of Dale Winton has found death by natural causes."
However, Dale has certainly had a bad past. Gloria mentioned on 'Loose Women', "So many people say, 'It’s such a shame that he committed suicide', but he had quite a sad life when you look back...His father died when he was 15 and his mother committed suicide when he was 21."
Dale's long-time friend and LBC radio host Steve Allen had also hinted out the fact that Dale had spoken about ending his life on many instances. He said, "He used to say to me ‘I’ve had enough’ and I used to say ‘Oh, you’ve got loads of things'...I feel happy for him that he’s in a place now where he’s probably going to be eternally young. He won’t age anymore.”
Dale had apparently sold his £2.6million central London townhouse just three weeks before his death. He was also depressed about his young lover leaving him, who had apparently "used" him to get closer to Elton John. His health had degraded rapidly following the split.
His neighbor Mark Collins explained the situation by saying, "Dale took a real big hit when he was dating some younger guy that he really cared for. He would do anything in the world for him...The guy said that he wanted to meet Elton John, so Dale arranged a meeting. He flew the guy to London and they had lunch with Elton. When they came back he kind of dumped him. He just said 'goodbye Dale'. Dale went into a tailspin on that one. That was a couple of years ago. He was really upset.” Dale had also spoken about his break up on 'Loose Women', where he said, "God, I can’t half pick ‘em!… I had a very bad year. I should have taken myself off the TV but I didn't. I did not want to put one foot in front of the other outside the house. I would not leave the house.”
Another neighbor, John Grant, revealed that he never expected that Dale would die of a natural cause. "I always worried that Dale would take his own life one day, just like his mother...In fact, I always thought he would not die of natural causes...Sometimes he would not leave the house. I would check in to make sure he had not done something bad."
Dale Winton was laid to rest on what would have been his 63rd birthday in May, as several friends and family members joined the ceremony of his funeral.