Terry Nutkins, Legendary TV Wildlife Presenter, Dead At 66
Terry Nutkins, a famous TV presenter known for his appearances on BBC nature programs like Animal Magic and The Really Wild Show, has died at the age of 66 after a nine-month battle with leukemia.
The television legend was known for his exuberant personality, his untamed, long hair, and his passion for animals. The father of eight and grandfather of eight had been struggling with leukemia when he died on Thursday, reports BBC. Born in 1946, Nutkins discovered his passion for the animal kingdom early, volunteering at the London Zoo as a child, and later helping author Gavin Maxwell care for otters on the west coast of Scotland. is love for animals was undeterred following an incident at the age of 15 when the ends of two of his fingers were chewed off by an otter named Edal.
His big break came when he joined Johnny Morris on BBC’s Animal Magic, reports the Daily Mail.
Most recently, Nutkins made guest appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Celebrity Ghost Stories and a documentary paying tribute to Australian “crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin. TV’s Philip Schofield was one of the first to remember Nutkins after his death, calling him “a delightful man and passionate naturalist”. Several other celebrities have also sounded off on Nutkins’ death. Wildlife presenter Ben Fogle called Nutkins one of his “childhood inspirations,” and comedian Ricky Gervais called Nutkins a “thoroughly nice chap.”
John Miles, Nutkins’ agent, confirmed that the legendary wildlife host had died after a “brave” battle with leukemia.
“He just loved animals,” Miles said of his client. “He fought many causes to make sure animals were looked after, and the environment in general.”
“He had a great love of animals and will always be remembered for that,” said the wildlife film-maker Simon King.
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
— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) September 7, 2012
Rest in peace, Terry Nutkins. IQ sends our condolences to the bereaved.