The Chase viewers were heartbroken tonight as they learned contestant Paul Green died in a house fire earlier this year.
Green, also known as Pete Travis, appeared on Monday’s episode alongside fellow contestants Tom, Estelle and Jessica.
He introduced himself to Bradley Walsh as a 72-year-old medieval trader from Norfolk.
However, tributes immediately began pouring in as locals recognised Green and revealed he had died this summer.
Paying tribute, Sinha – one of the game show’s Chasers – tweeted: ‘Saddened to hear that Pete from today’s Chase has since passed away in horrible circumstances. A true gentleman, a warm, engaging and thoroughly entertaining opponent.’
One of Sinha’s followers commented: ‘Pete was the Town Crier and lived about 500m from my house. It was a great shock to the local community. He had a great send off with a horse drawn procession through the town centre, with his family and Steam Punk friends following.’
The TV star replied: ‘That is really lovely to hear,Audrey. X.’
One viewer who was a local in Green’s area of Wymondham, tweeted: ‘This man was well known in a local town and sadly passed away in a house fire a few months ago.’
Another viewer commented: ‘What a loss. He seemed a character and the chase was one of the best.’
‘Ahh so very sad, I watched this evening and seemed a lovely chap and character,’ one said.
Another weighed in: ‘That’s so sad-what a character from my neck of the woods.’
The Eastern Daily Press reported that Green had died in a blaze at his house on June 27.
Green’s family paid tribute and said in a statement: ‘You touched so many lives and leave us all with the fondest memories, which will carry us through the tough times ahead.
‘A much-loved character across Wymondham, re-enactment and steampunk communities to name but a few. Father of four, grandfather to eight, and companion to Kiki the Jack Russell. You will be sorely missed.’
Green was also a town crier and became a history-making councillor when he was elected to the town council in 2019, representing a political party of his own founding.
Credit: Original article published here.