The Chase contestant Mike Johnson dies as chaser Darragh Ennis speaks out A sad loss

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Mike Johnson, best known for appearing on The Chase and Beat The Chasers, has died. Sharing a photo of the contestant alongside host Bradley Walsh, the show’s Instagram account typed: “We are deeply saddened by the news that Mike Johnson has passed away.

“A fantastic Beat the Chasers and Chase contestant, our thoughts are with Mike’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“Bradley, the Chasers and production loved meeting and spending time with Mike and making him part of the Beat The Chasers & The Chase family.”

Chaser Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis was among the first to pay tribute, writing: “Such a sad loss. A really fun and entertaining contestant.”

No further details about Johnson’s cause of death have so far been revealed.

Johnson had stuck out to fans for his distinctive voice, with Walsh even asking him to do a voiceover for the show after his first appearance.

Revealing why he wanted to win some money on the show, Johnson told the host: “I haven’t seen my mother for a while in Trinidad and I’ve got myself a beautiful five-year-old daughter and it’s her birthday tomorrow so I’d like to take my wife and her over to visit, and maybe a little toy’s house as well.”

He had chosen to go for a £10,000 prize pot against three chasers – The Menace, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty and Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett – but lost out to them with 13 seconds to spare on their clock.  

News of his death comes after another Chase contestant, Pete Green, was revealed to have died in a house fire last month.

The 72-year-old medieval trader from Norfolk’s episode of the show had aired just days before news of his death was announced.

Green, also known as Pete Travis, appeared alongside fellow contestants Tom, Estelle and Jessica. 

Tributes immediately began pouring in as locals recognised Green and revealed he had died this summer.

Paying tribute, Paul Sinha – one of the game show’s Chasers – tweeted: “Saddened to hear that Pete from today’s Chase has since passed away in horrible circumstances. 

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“A true gentleman, a warm, engaging and thoroughly entertaining opponent.”

One of Sinha’s followers commented: “Pete was the Town Crier and lived about 500m from my house. It was a great shock to the local community. 

“He had a great send-off with a horse-drawn  procession through the town centre, with his family and Steam Punk friends following.”

The TV star replied: “That is really lovely to hear, Audrey. X.”

One viewer who was a local in Green’s area of Wymondham, tweeted: “This man was well known in a local town and sadly passed away in a house fire a few months ago.”

Another viewer commented: “What a loss. He seemed a character and the chase was one of the best.”

“Ahh so very sad, I watched this evening and seemed a lovely chap and character,” a third said. 

Another weighed in: “That’s so sad-what a character from my neck of the woods.”

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