This Morning’s medical expert and 10 Years Younger star Dr Uchenna Okoye sadly passes away after ‘sudden illness’ aged 53 leaving her young daughter and family devastated
This Morning’s medical expert Dr Uchenna Okoye sadly passed away after a ‘sudden illness’ aged 53, leaving her young daughter and family devastated.
The Cosmetic Dentist made numerous appearances on the ITV show as she offered advice to viewers at home.
A statement shared to Uchenna Instagram said had fallen ill at home on Friday September 15 – however no cause of death was given.
It read: It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the much loved and respected Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Uchenna Okoye, who passed away after falling ill at home on Friday 15th September 2023.
‘At this time, we ask for your prayers for her young daughter, her family, her team of staff at London Smiling Dental Group and her friends who are all struggling to come to terms with her loss.
RIP: This Morning’s medical expert Dr Uchenna Okoye sadly passed away after a ‘sudden illness’ aged 53 (pictured on the show)
Tribute: A statement shared to Uchenna Instagram said had fallen ill at home on Friday September 15 – however no cause of death was given
‘We request that you respect Uchenna’s family’s wishes for privacy at this very difficult time.’
It continued: ‘The Uchenna sparkle touched the lives of everyone she met and drew her into stardom on 10 Years Younger makeover show, followed by 10 Years Younger in 10 Days where her passion and compassion leaps off the screen.
‘For the last twenty years, her deep knowledge of dentistry and her incredible chair-side manner made her the go-to spokeswoman for any dental issue and a popular contributor to radio, TV, and women’s consumer press.’
Tributes quickly poured in for the TV regular with one fan writing: ‘That’s absolutely devastating… sending much love to her family.’
Another wrote: ‘Am absolutely heartbroken to read this. I adored Uchenna. I can’t really process this awful news.’
A third commented: ‘Beautiful Uchenna! An industry beacon who quickly became a friend to many of us. So warm, generous and funny.
‘Sending condolences to her family and friends.’
Another follower wrote: ‘Devastating news. My love and prayers to her family.
Heartbreak: A statement shared to Uchenna Instagram said had fallen ill at home on Friday September 15 – however no cause of death was given
‘We will all miss your infectious energy and warmth.’
While someone else shared: ‘Absolutely shocked about this devastating news! I still can’t believe it.
‘She was the kindest, loveliest person who I knew briefly. Rest in peace and my condolences to your family and your little girl.’
The news comes just days after Holly Willoughby and This Morning led the tributes to guest Matty Lock after he suddenly died aged 19.
Holly and co-presenter Dermot O’Leary paid tribute to a ‘truly unique’ and ‘lovely’ member of the studio.
The ‘delightful’ teenager regularly appeared on the show to review vacuum cleaners, which he had become obsessed with since the age of two when he received his first toy Henry hoover.
The popular youngster was also a member of the Labour Party and recently spoke of his pride at becoming councillor in his hometown of Maghull, Merseyside.
Sharing the news at the start of Monday’s programme, Dermot said: ‘One of the This Morning family members Matty Lock – you might remember Matty – sadly passed away this weekend.’
Sad news: Holly Willoughby and Dermot O’Leary led an emotional to ‘ a lovely guy’ and ‘much loved’ member of the team Matty Lock
Passing over: Matthew Lock, 19, known as Matty sadly passed away suddenly at the age of 19
Passion: Matty had an ‘infectious passion’ for gadgets and was fascinated with vacuum cleaners since the age of two
Willoughby added: ‘He was a much-loved member of our team who never failed to bring joy and more to our studio with an infectious passion for gadgets and technology. He was truly unique.’
O’Leary continued: ‘Yeah, bless him. His love for vacuum cleaners started when he was just two years old when he received his first toy Henry.
‘He then went on to become a politician, a campaigner and a much loved member of this show. He’s a lovely guy.’
‘Matthew will be missed by all of us here and we extend our deepest condolences to his family. It was incredibly sad, shocking news to get yesterday’, finished Willoughby.
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