Phillip Schofield leads tributes to Terry Nutkins

'This Morning' host Phillip Schofield has paid tribute to former 'Really Wild Show' presenter Terry Nutkins, who has died at the age of 66 after a nine month battle with leukaemia

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Phillip Schofield has led tributes to former 'Really Wild Show' host Terry Nutkins, who has died at the age of 66.

The 'This Morning' host said he enjoyed his time working with the eccentric star - who was being treated for leukaemia when he passed away on Thursday (06.09.12) - and took to twitter to proclaim him a "delightful man".

He wrote: "So sad to hear of the death of Terry Nutkins. I worked with him often in my 'broom cupboard' days. A delightful man & passionate naturalist (sic)"

The father of eight died in Scotland after a nine-month battle with the disease.

His agent John Miles told BBC News: "He just loved animals. He fought many causes to make sure animals were looked after, and the environment in general."

Despite largely shying away from TV work in recent years, he has made appearances on 'Ready Steady Cook' and 'Celebrity Ghost Stories'.

Terry was best known for his unruly hairstyle and his two missing fingers, which were bitten off by a wild otter named Edal when he was just 15.

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