Eggheads star Dave Rainford has died.

The news was confirmed by the show’s host Jeremy Vine.

He posted to Twitter : “I’m very sad to hear that one of the Eggheads has died. Dave “Tremendous Knowledge” Rainford, famous for being banned from pub quiz machines in Manchester, was the best company after a recording: always fun and sociable.

“I never saw him angry or ungenerous, not once.”

Dave was a regular on the BBC tea time quiz show but was forced to step down last year following an unconfirmed illness.

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