Come Dine With Me pays tribute as 36-year-old contestant dies

Widely-adored UK cooking competition Come Dine With Me has announced the tragic death of a former contestant.

At the end of the latest episode of the hit Channel 4 series, producers paid tribute to 36-year-old Nicholas Blything, who sadly passed away on 15 June this year.

In the days following Nicholas' death, a funeral notice was posted online in the summer, confirming the attendance details, and producers have since revealed that donations in his honour are being sent to both The Samaritans and The Cheshire Horse Sanctuary.

Since the culinary competition released the sad news, numerous fans have shared messages of condolences on the funeral site, wishing his family well and leaving behind tributes to the "beautiful human" that was Nicholas.

One saddened fan of the show posted: "Rest in peace Nicholas… just watched you on CDWM with my 16 year old son, so sad to read the end message… we thought you were brilliant and hoped you would win.

"Sending thoughts and prayers to your family and friends."

A second mourner added: "I am so sorry to read the sad news of your passing. You threw yourself in 100% to Come Dine with Me and I can only imagine you lived your life that way. We didn't know you but you appeared a most beautiful interesting human on the show. Our love to your family and friends."

Another continued: "Just watched CDWM, shocked and saddened to see the obituary at the end of the programme, you brought so much joy in that half an hour it made the news all the more shocking. Sleep peacefully."

Only last week, the show's official Twitter account shared a snap of Nicholas cooking, captioning it: "Nicholas concludes this week's #ComeDineWithMe, catch up on All4 if you haven't been watching and see the final episode of the week tonight at 5.30pm."

Since then, hundreds of comments have been left below the original post from mournful viewers who have been saddened by the tragic news of his passing.

"Gosh, so sad to see The credits were in memory of Nick. He was a fantastic contestant, really funny, warm & dressed to impress," one fan wrote. "You did Winston Churchill proud of your night Nick. The best week on come dine with me a great mix of people RIP Nick".

Another added: "Rest in Peace now Nick, so sad you couldn't find your Peace while on this Earth. Very kind and intelligent young Man, and very entertaining to watch. Bless you xx".

A third tweeted: "Shocked and saddened to read about Nicholas. Gone much too soon and too young. Condolences to the family. RIP and God bless you".


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