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The producer of Strictly Come Dancing dies, aged 47

The producer of Strictly Come Dancing, Richard Hopkins has died aged 47. The well-known TV executive who had been suffering from cancer passed away on Saturday leaving behind his wife Katy and his three daughters.

After successfully pitching the concept of Strictly Come Dancing to the BBC and developing it, Hopkins sold the concept to the US and acted as an executive producer on the first series of Dancing with the Stars. He has also produced Big Brother, Fame Academy and Mastermind.

Hopkins helped launch the careers of famous comedians Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen when he produced the Channel 4 hit The 11 O’Clock Show.

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Amongst the tributes for Hopkins was BBC entertainment commission controller Mark Linsey who hailed him as "one of the leading entertainment producers of his generation”.

His tribute continued:

"His drive, energy and passion was an example to us all and whatever the size of the project, regardless of the broadcaster, he gave it the same professionalism and dynamic approach.

“People who had the pleasure of working with Richard will always remember him as a joy to work with and someone absolutely dedicated to his profession."

The joint managing director of Fever Media, David Mortimer commented:

"Television is, by its nature, an ephemeral business, so very few of us can hope to have any lasting legacy.

"Richard was a glorious exception to this rule and, as one of the greatest producers of his generation, he quite literally got the world dancing."

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The legacy left behind by Richard Hopkins is large and he will be sorely missed in the world of television.

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