Celebrities like Susanne Reid and Piers Morgan paid tribute to journalist Peter Willis after his death at the age of 54.
The Daily Mirror manager who once edited the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People passed away on Friday.
Peter was also the founder and director of the Pride of Britain Awards, which recognize exceptional achievement in difficult circumstances.
His wife Nicky and two young sons survive.
Celebrities honored after the death of Peter Willis
Susanna Reid was performing tributes on television today (Tuesday June 29) as she took the time to talk about Peter.
She praised him as a “kind, kind man” when discussing his sad death with Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire on GMB.
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“For me he was the heart and soul of Pride of Britain,” Susanna began.
“He presided over the jury every year with enormous consideration and thoughtfulness.”
“We will miss everything about you”
Several celebrities, especially those with longstanding ties to the Pride of Britain awards, also welcomed Peter on social media.
Carol Vorderman, who hosted the ceremony many times, tweeted that she was “heartbroken” by the news.
You have been loved very much by so many people.
She wrote: “We are all devastated @PrideOfBritain. Peter, you have been loved very much by so many people. We will miss everything about you. Broken heart.”
“Peter Willis was a lovely man”
Sky News newscaster and Pride of Britain judge Mark Austin also noted Peter’s immense contribution to the award ceremony.
He tweeted, “The great thing about the Pride of Britain Awards is that it celebrates those who would otherwise not be recognized.
“It was the idea of Peter Willis, a lovable man whom we will miss very much.”
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And former Mirror editor Piers Morgan, who had worked with Peter during their time together at The Sun, hailed his former colleague as a “legend”.
Piers told his followers, “RIP Peter Willis.
“He was the heart and soul of Pride of Britain.”@ susannareid100 and @Kevin_Maguire pay tribute to the sadly deceased journalist and founder of the Pride of Britain Awards, Peter Willis. pic.twitter.com/SxbeRnsXQ5
– Good morning UK (@GMB) June 29, 2021
“The Daily Mirror legend who created and directed the wonderful Pride of Britain Awards for 20 years.
“He was a brilliant journalist, a loving husband and father, and a loyal, decent, kind and caring friend of mine for 30 years.
“Heartfelt news. Thanks for everything, Pete. “
Amanda Holden, Kirsty Gallacher and Charlotte Hawkins were among those who endorsed Piers’ words on Instagram and posted heart emojis.
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