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Gay BBC Television Host Kristian Digby Found Dead at Home



Kristian Digby, a BBC television host and property expert featured in the network's shows Double Agents, Living In The Sun, House Swap, Buy It, Sell It, Bank It, and To Buy or Not To Buy, was found dead at his home earlier today.

The Daily Express reports: "Sources close to the presenter, who was gay, suggested his body was found by his ex-partner, a former policeman. Paramedics who were called to his flat in Newham, east London, pronounced him dead at 7.45am. Metropolitan Police officers launched an investigation and sources said he had died in “unexplained” circumstances. There are no suggestions his death was suicide."

A BBC spokesman said: "Kristian was a much-loved and talented presenter for BBC Daytime. He brought a real sense of energy and warmth to all the shows he presented and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

UPDATE: Digby may have died of autoerotic asphyxiation. "The post mortem is expected to answer the question whether he died of suffocation after deliberately restricting his supply of oxygen. Auto-erotic asphyxiation, which has been condemned by police and medical experts as a dangerous practise, is said to heighten sexual arousal...According to reports a belt and a bag were removed from the property for forensic tests."

Watch a clip reel of Kristian Digby, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Yet another successful gay man gone, this is so sad,May his soul rest in peace

    Posted by: bollywooddeewana | Mar 1, 2010 9:27:18 PM

  2. How old was he? He looks awfully young....

    Posted by: pistolpetey | Mar 1, 2010 9:28:12 PM

  3. Apparently he was 32. So sad.

    Posted by: pistolpetey | Mar 1, 2010 9:44:34 PM

  4. Why are so many young people dying lately? From suicide or otherwise? Let's go down the list of the last four months, shall we?

    Johnson & Johnson heiress. Brittany Murphy. Some musician from some emo band I can't remember the name of. Alexander McQueen. The ex-husband of that British comedian David Walliams. "Boner" from GROWING PAINS. Marie Osmond's son ...

    Posted by: yogchick | Mar 1, 2010 10:33:16 PM

  5. London's "The Sun" tabloid says he died while playing a "solo sex game." Very sad when a successful life ends under such embarrassing circumstances.

    Posted by: David Flood | Mar 1, 2010 11:02:15 PM

  6. How really sad and shocking. Kristian was like a real mid-day friend just before heading off to work while having my tea.
    Found him so witty and a real equal to Don's snap wit when the two were working together (great team).
    Such a real shame and a huge talent lost. We will miss you Kristian.

    Posted by: EuroRant | Mar 1, 2010 11:10:28 PM

  7. That's really terrible. He was only 32 according to wiki. Always a shame when someone that young dies. But, always a shame when anyone one who's lost a parent at old age would be comforted by knowing that they lived long...that's irrelevant. They're gone, and that's what hurts.

    Okay, so my money's on drugs.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 1, 2010 11:12:14 PM

  8. Wrong! It was auto-erotic asphyxiation. Well, I hope it was really good!

    Posted by: Blake | Mar 1, 2010 11:26:09 PM

  9. RIP Kristian. His facebook acct has already been deleted... I was just on there the other day looking at pictures he was tagged in. :( such a good guy...

    Posted by: michael | Mar 2, 2010 12:10:48 AM

  10. I never heard of this guy, but wow he seems like a cool guy and brought so much FUN to TV.

    Most truly sad for those he left behind.

    I really hope it was not murder.

    And yes, how sad to see so many people in their 30s die in various ways. What's up with that??!!

    Posted by: FunMe | Mar 2, 2010 12:55:55 AM

  11. "There are no suggestions his death was suicide."

    What a telling inclusion. When a celebrity dies, how often do journalists feel compelled to remark, "There are no suggestions his death was mushroom poisoning."

    Mushroom poisoning is of course rare, while LGBTQ suicide is statistically on par with yawning - but much more profitable copy.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 2, 2010 1:25:32 AM

  12. That's sad. In reports over here of course, they made no mention of him being Gay...

    Posted by: wirrrn | Mar 2, 2010 1:55:50 AM

  13. Incredibly sad.

    Posted by: Geoff | Mar 2, 2010 2:35:14 AM

  14. Shocked.I watch his shows all the time on cable (all home improvement/selling programs) and he is a delight to watch.He was a very successful property developer,owner.The building of his own home was a tv special.Tears.....

    Posted by: john | Mar 2, 2010 3:34:59 AM

  15. My condolences to Mr. Digby's partner and his family.

    Rest in peace, bro!

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 2, 2010 5:50:44 AM

  16. Very sad, i met him at a club in london a few years back, nice guy.
    There are a lot of famous or semi famous gay guys dying recently. Its terrible, it didnt seem to happen a few years ago.

    DO NOT take my favourite, Alistair Appleton, hes too cute.

    Posted by: rovex | Mar 2, 2010 5:50:56 AM

  17. why do you need to mention GAY BBC PRESENTER? you never tell that about actors or TV presenters who are heterosexuals, Mr Digby had class and was a very fine and cultivated presenter and we appreciated to watch him in my family.
    i feel very sad for his family, the norvegian
    press is speculating a similar case with david carradine sudden death last year?

    Posted by: Estelle | Mar 2, 2010 6:24:54 AM

  18. I guess because he's gay this will be a big "news" story on this blog. What will the world do without this talented "presenter". I hear that Battle of the Network Stars may be delayed by a month because of this tragedy!

    Posted by: Doug Berman | Mar 2, 2010 7:14:54 AM

  19. @rovex: Alistair Appleton. I concur!

    Posted by: sunset10086 | Mar 2, 2010 7:19:56 AM

  20. I watched him practically every week
    with his program "To buy or not to buy" here
    in The Hage, Holland.
    Rest in peace and all the strength to his
    friend and family.

    Posted by: Anne-Marie | Mar 2, 2010 8:07:07 AM

  21. Gosh Doug, you're in a pissy mood this morning. Did the cat take a dump in your mouth last night while you were asleep?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 2, 2010 9:52:48 AM

  22. Although I do appreciate your "Battle of the Network Stars" reference.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 2, 2010 9:53:17 AM

  23. Of course it's that solo sex game. MxQueen died of the same 'hanging'...

    When will gay men learn? But McQueen had more money behind him so they went with the 'suicide' thing but this dude, not so much.

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 2, 2010 11:20:24 AM

  24. Are a lot of people engaging in autoerotic asphyxiation? If so, I had no idea (not that I'm going to take it up).

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 2, 2010 11:21:26 AM

  25. auto-erotic asphyxiation? what a stupid way to die. his poor family... how tragic and mortifying for them.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 2, 2010 1:34:58 PM

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