Frank Bough dead at 87 – BBC TV presenter & Grandstand star dies in care home

FORMER TV presenter Frank Bough has died at the age of 87.

Bough was best known for presenting the BBC's flagship sports programme Grandstand and launching the UK's first breakfast TV programme – BBC Breakfast Time – back in 1983.

A family friend told the BBC that Bough died last Wednesday in a care home as the cause of his death currently remains unknown.

His career began in 1964 when he presented the show Sportsview, taking over from Peter Dimmock.

Bough later established himself as a TV personality and became one of the highest-paid presenters on the BBC – earning a huge £200,000 at the time.

However, his career came to an abrupt end in 1988 after the BBC sacked him following a newspaper expose which revealed he took cocaine and visited Mayfair brothels.

After leaving the BBC, Bough went on to present on ITV and Sky TV but his reputation never recovered.

For the last 20 years he has been living with his wife in Berkshire.

Tributes have poured in for the presenter, with Piers Morgan tweeting: "RIP Frank Bough, 87.

"Star of Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time.

"His career was ruined by scandal, but he was one of the great live TV presenters. Sad news."

A BBC spokesperson said: "Frank excelled as a live presenter with the BBC for many years and we are very sorry to hear of his passing. We send our condolences to his family and friends."

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