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Sad News

debbiehardy 16 363 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2005 2:20PM
Just heard that Richard Whiteley of Countdown fame has lost his fight for life. I'll miss his gentle manner, witty remarks and loud ties!
croberts 16 2.2k 8 Ireland
26 Jun 2005 2:27PM
what a shame. I always really liked him. And remember him being bitten by one of Brian Plummer's ferrets. LOL!

26 Jun 2005 2:31PM
a sad loss at such an early age
Bernie 17 2.2k
26 Jun 2005 2:52PM
As an avid watcher of countdown with my Mrs we found him quite funny in an ironic sort of way. He seemed to stumble his way through every show in quite a humorous way.
Poor Carol Vorderman must be devastated as they were great friends.
Morpyre Plus
16 1.6k 8 Wales
26 Jun 2005 3:23PM
that's sad news to hear - i knew he had been ill with pnaumonia for a long time but it had looked like he was coming through it

he was always one of the happy smiley faces on british tv which was a good distraction from the depressing news.

one of the most recent things i remember him for is being on Top Gear and being the slowest celebrity driver in the timed lap. jeremy clarkson and the rest of the TG team will be sad to hear the news.

i remember the ferret incident because i was bitten by one when i was a kid that the owner assured me "doesn't bite" - how wrong he was =)
warb 16 839
27 Jun 2005 1:32AM
its hard to believe, he will be greatly missed.
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
27 Jun 2005 1:34AM
I knew him quite well and our paths crossed on a regular one enjoyed life like Richard.
Great Loss.
c_evans99 17 7.0k 1 Wales
27 Jun 2005 1:39AM
It's probably a measure of the man that we've been talking about this in the office and not one of us has cracked a tasteless joke about his death (and we're all sixk puppies here).
raziel_uk 16 4.9k
27 Jun 2005 2:14AM
I'm sure everyone's seen the clip on TV when years ago Richard was bitten by a ferret.

I saw him on an interview programme and they said to him "Don't you get fed up with that clip keep being shown?"

He replied "No, I get 300 every time it's shown!"

Not bad is it for being bitten by a ferret.

keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
27 Jun 2005 2:19AM
He hated that ferret with a passion....LOL
EnglishRose 16 271 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2005 5:59AM
A very sad piece of news. A great character that will certainly be missed:-(


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