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Holly Willoughby pays tribute to late This Morning star

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Holly Willoughby pays tribute to This Morning starS Meddle/ITV/Shutterstock

Holly Willoughby has paid tribute to This Morning guest Matty Lock.

Yesterday (September 10), it was confirmed that Matty, a vacuum cleaner enthusiast and local Labour Party councillor, had passed away aged 19.

Following the news, Holly shared a tribute to the teenager on her Instagram Story, calling him a "wonderful" person.

"So shocked and saddened to hear the news today," she wrote. "Matty was a wonderful person with a true passion for what he did... my love goes out to all his friends and family at what must be a very difficult time."

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Matty had first appeared on the show back in 2o2o to discuss his interest in vacuum cleaners. Starting out as a hobby at 2 years old, Matty was later able to turn his interest into a business, managing to sell around 300 of the machines by age 13.

He made his first appearance on This Morning to talk about his interest for vacuums at 15, often returning to advise customers on the best hoovers available to buy.

This Morning also paid tribute on Twitter/X, writing: "Everyone at This Morning is shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matty Lock, aged just 19.

"He was a delightful young man, a joy to work with and his passion for vacuum cleaners and general mechanics was infectious.

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"His family came to the studio and they were so proud that he'd turned a childhood hobby into a career. We will miss him and send our condolences to his family."

Several stars have since sent their condolences to Matty's family. "God that's really sad. Sending love x," Rylan wrote.

Alison Hammond added: "What sad news to wake up to, what a lovely man! Condolences to his family and friends."

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV1.

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