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Luis Troyano, a runner-up on the fifth season of “The Great British Bake-Off,” died last week of esophageal cancer, his publicist confirmed Tuesday. He was 48.

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“Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against oesophageal cancer last week,” publicist Anne Kibel tweeted. “A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts.”

Paul Hollywood, a longtime judge on the reality television show, paid tribute to Troyano on social media, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Hollywood shared a photo of Troyano on Instagram and called him a “fantastic baker” who “will be missed by all in the ‘Bake-Off’ team.”

Troyano became a reality TV star during the show’s 2014 season when he was a finalist. Nancy Birtwhistle, a grandmother of eight, ultimately won the contest, according to The Guardian.

Fellow finalist Richard Burr said he was “so sad to have lost Luis.”

“I am so sad to have lost Luis,” Burr tweeted. “He was a man who took a double helping of everything life had to offer. Fearless, friendly and cheerfully grumpy. I will miss him.”