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TV and radio presenter Annabel Giles has died – four months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, her children have said.

The 64-year-old presented the ITV fashion show Posh Frocks And New Trousers in the 1990s and appeared on Have I Got News For You and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

She was previously married to the musician and record producer Midge Ure, with whom she had a daughter named Molly. She later divorced and had a second child named Tedd.

The children have paid tribute to their “incredible mother” who was “truly one of a kind” in a statement on Instagram.

They added that she died at Martlets Hospice in Hove on Monday.

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Their statement read: “In July, Mum was diagnosed with a stage 4 Glioblastoma, a fast-growing and highly aggressive malignant brain tumour.

“In the four months that followed, she displayed remarkable resilience and strength, despite undergoing brain surgery and countless radiotherapies.

“In her final weeks, she was passionate about raising awareness for Glioblastoma, embodying her lifelong commitment to helping others.”

They also described their mother as “an enigma to those privileged to share her life” – adding: “True to her nature, she kept spirits high and maintained her quick wit until the very end.

“Her humour and laughter will leave us inspired to live life to the fullest, just as she always did.”

Friends and famous faces were among those to pay tribute to Giles including Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy who described her as “so funny, clever and gorgeous”.

The journalist, who starred alongside Giles on Posh Frocks And New Trousers, added: “Annabel Giles was one of my first tv partners in crime and I remember just being in awe of her.”

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Comedian Jenny Eclair praised her as “beautiful, funny, and clever” as she sent her love to Giles’s family.

“I have the fondest memories – I wouldn’t want to ride a camel with anyone else”, she added.

TV star Sue Perkins hailed her as a “beautiful person” while stand-up comic Lee Hurst described her as a “ball of fun” as he recalled working with her in the past.

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Actor Michael Smiley said she was the “epitome of classy kindness” as he recalled their time together in Adelaide, Australia, for the comedy festival in 1996.

Alongside a photo of them on the beach, he wrote: “We teased each other relentlessly. I loved her dearly. I, like so many others, am heartbroken. Rest in peace beautiful Annabel Giles.”

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Born in Pontypool, Wales, Giles began modelling in her 20s and gained prominence presenting ITV shows Razzmatazz and Night Network and appeared in 1993 film Riders.

She also featured as a panellist on a number of shows, including Have I Got News For You, Through The Keyhole and Noel’s House Party.

She later returned to TV as she took on a role in ITV reality show Our Shirley Valentine Summer and featured in Rehab The Musical in 2022.

Giles also acted as an agony aunt with BBC Radio Wales earlier this year.

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