Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 83.
Noakes was the BBC children’s show’s longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side.
A family statement said he had “endured and suffered from” Alzheimer’s disease.
“Whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing,” it said.
“His many escapades with his faithful companion Shep, during his time with Blue Peter, will live on in many peoples memories. That is how his family would like him remembered.”
Noakes joined the show at the end of 1965 after training as an engine fitter for the RAF, and stayed until 1978.
He became a favourite as the show’s action man, and continued to play on that image with several series of Go With Noakes, where he travelled around the UK with Shep alongside him.