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There is no cure and it's very difficult to predict how long someone with IPF will survive at the time of diagnosis.
We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.' Cheggers was suffering from Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) - a condition in which the lungs become scarred and breathing becomes increasingly difficult.
While smoking, exposure to pollution, acid reflux, some viruses and genetics can increase the risk of IPF the exact cause of the disease is not known.
IPF has a prognosis worse than many cancers and most sufferers go on to develop respiratory failure and die of suffocation as their lung capacity reduces.
The disease – which kills 5,300 people every year – creates a build-up of scar tissue in the lung which makes them thick and less able to take in oxygen.
Regardless of treatment, people with IPF, which usually strikes those in their late 40s or early 50s - on average only live for around three to five years from diagnosis.
I first met him when we did a film about windsurfing when I joined Swap Shop in 1978 and was immediately struck by his fun, energy and kindness. The larger-than-life character was known for his enthusiasm and laughter, shown here (far right) having stripped for a new Channel 5 game show: 'Naked Jungle' in 2000, later describing it as the 'worst career move' of his 'entire life'Keith Chegwin (right in 1978) spoke openly about his fight against alcoholism during an interview with daytime TV show This Morning in 1992.
'He drove me home to Leicestershire from that freezing lake in Staines, insisting it was on his own way home. The TV presenter has died aged 60 after a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, his family said.She said in a statement on her website: 'It is incredibly sad.Keith was a one-off – full of life, generous and with a focus on things that mattered – his family.'I saw him two months ago at his sister Janice's wedding, where he was still attempting to be life and soul of the party despite being on portable oxygen and made sure he knew how much he meant to us all.'Our daughter Rose flew home from San Francisco to be with him over the last few weeks and I know he was surrounded by so much love from his second wife Maria, their son Ted, his sister Janice, his twin brother Jeff and his father Colin.'Keith was loved by everyone who knew and worked with him.Although still considered a rare disease, IPF has become more common in both the UK and the US over the last 30 years.