The Chases Darragh Ennis leads tributes as player Mike Johnson tragically dies

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The Chase's Darragh Ennis has led tributes to a former contestant who sadly passed away this week.

Mike Johnson appeared on both The Chase and its spin-off series Beat The Chasers, but it was announced on Monday by the official ITV Chase Instagram account that he tragically died.

Posting on social media, the show released a statement which read: "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."

No cause of death has yet been announced.

Darragh – who is better known by his alias The Menace on the show – was among the first to comment on the post, writing: "Such a sad loss. A really fun and entertaining contestant."

Other fans soon followed suit with their own tributes to the late quizzer, with one writing: "He was a fantastic contestant, condolences to his family, Rest In Peace, Mike."

Someone else added: "I remember when he was a contestant on The Chase, he was one of my favourite ones and his voices were amazing I'm sorry to hear this."

"That’s so sad, he was an amazing contestant on both The Chase and Beat The Chasers and one I’ll never forget. My thoughts are with his family and friends," another fan followed up.

It comes shortly after the tragic death of another Chase contestant – Pete Green, who appeared on the show last month.

He passed away aged 72 in a house fire, with his heartbroken family admitting their memories of Pete will "carry us through the tough times ahead".

Brainbox Paul Sinha tweeted in memory of the late quizzer after hearing the news: "Saddened to hear that Pete from today's Chase has since passed away in horrible circumstances.

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

One of Paul's followers responded to his tweet: "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."

"That is really lovely to hear, Audrey," Paul replied.

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