Take Me Out dedicates latest episode to contestant who died after filming

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The latest Take Me Out was dedicated to a contestant who tragically died after filming.

Last Saturday evening's second episode of the new series saw Charlie Watkins from North Yorkshire drop down the love lift.

Charlie got a date on the show with 22-year-old Jo Tara from Glasgow, and the pair headed for the Isle of Fernando's.

However it has since been revealed that sadly Charlie passed away in March shortly after the scenes in the studio were filmed.

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Host Paddy McGuinness tweeted: “Tonight’s Take Me Out is in memory of Charlie. A fantastic lad who I’m sure will be greatly missed by his wonderful friends & family. RIP.”

Those who knew Charlie - aka The Chaz Man - were quick to comment.

"My daughter went to the same university with him,and said he was a lovely lad ,god bless him and his family RIP" one Twitter user wrote.

Another added: "He was absolutely wonderful. We miss him an awful lot 💞"

Viewers of the show also paid their respects online.

"Thoughts are with his Family and Friends. Came across as a lovely guy on the show 🌹" one wrote after tonight's programme aired.

A family statement told the Daily Mail newspaper: "We have lost a very special young man who sadly never recovered from the tragic loss of his mother when he was only 9 years old.

"Tragically this is another example of the mental health issues suffered by young people today as highlighted by the Heads Together campaign supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry."

The family have invited donations to charity MIND via an onine Memorial page with over £12,000 raised to date.

A spokesperson for Take Me Out makers Thames TV said in a short statement: “It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the tragic news regarding Charlie."

They added: "Our thoughts and best wishes go to his family and friends. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.”

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