TRIBUTES have flowed in for former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who has died.
Alzheimer’s sufferer Noakes, 83, who lived in Andratx with his wife, passed away on Sunday in his sleep.
Noakes became a household name on the hit BBC children’s show along with his dog, Shep.
Two years ago, he sparked a frantic search after going missing from his home on the hottest day of the year.
Friend Wendy Downes said: “John Noakes, died peacefully on Sunday morning May 28th.
“He had endured and suffered from Alzheimer’s over recent years and whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing.”
Ex-Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill praised Noakes for encouraging her to join the show.
“Saddest news about the legendary John Noakes who inspired me to want to present Blue Peter & do everything he did. The best!” she tweeted.