Paul Sinha leads tributes as Eggheads star David Rainford dies

The Chase star says he's devastated

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The Chase star Paul Sinha has paid tribute following the death of his friend, David Rainford, who found fame on BBC quiz show Eggheads.

He wrote on social media: “Egghead, great bloke, great friend. We had blindingly good nights out mate. X’.”

Paul Sinha
Paul has paid tribute (Credit: ITV)

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The circumstances around David’s death are not yet known.

In September 2019, David, 51, revealed on social media that he was unable to take part in the latest recordings of Eggheads because he was recuperating.

Egghead, great bloke, great friend. We had blindingly good nights out mate.

He said at the time: “Brand new Eggheads starting on Monday. I was still recuperating when these programmes were recorded, but I can promise you that there are some great shows coming up with excellent challengers that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Keep watching.”

David was one of nine Eggheads who appeared on the BBC Two show.

He had appeared as a contestant on Are You An Egghead? where he was a semi-finalist in the 2008 first series.

He was a quarter-finalist in the second series in 2009.

David joined the Eggheads panel in 2012 (Credit: BBC)

In 2012 he replaced CJ de Mooi on the show, earning himself the nickname Tremendous Knowledge Dave.

In 2005 he appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, winning £250,000.

Tributes are being paid on Twitter, notably from fellow celebrity quizzers…

Fellow Egghead Lisa Thiel shared a touching tribute to her pal on Twitter.

She wrote in a series of tweets: “When I filmed my first block of #eggheads in 2014, I met the other Eggs in the bar before going to dinner. Dave turned round from the bar, huge smile on face, pint in hand. ‘Dave Rainford, really nice to meet you.’

“That was Dave all over. He always knew exactly the right thing to say to put someone at ease, to smooth over an awkward situation, to make you feel that talking to you was the greatest moment of his day.

“He wasn’t a perfect human – as he’d have been the first to admit – but as a mate and a colleague, he was damn, damn close. I’ve never met anyone else with Dave’s absolute likeability and it’s my privilege to have known and worked with him.

“Now excuse me – I’m in tears. When I’ve finished crying, I’m going to toast Dave with a hot curry and a drink. Then I’m going to get an agent, because Dave never stopped telling me I should make more of this telly thing. Thank you for all the good words mate. I love you.”

Chaser Anne Heggerty also paid tribute (Credit: ITV)

Anne Hegerty posted: “Very sad to learn that Tremendous Knowledge Dave Rainford of #Eggheads has died. One of the nicest people I ever knew. Never a bad word about anyone.”

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