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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.”

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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.

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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.”