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Lottery £161 million winner dies aged 71

Colin Weir, the UK’s biggest lottery winner with a £161 million jackpot, has died after a short illness.

He was aged 71.

Former tv cameraman Colin and his wife Chris claimed the EuroMillions top prize in 2011.

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Earlier this year the couple from Largs, Scotland, announced they were to divorce after 38 years’ marriage.

A family spokeswoman told the PA news agency:

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Colin Weir early today after a short illness.

“We would ask for privacy for his family and friends at this distressing time.

“No further comment will be made other than to offer sincere thanks to the staff of University Hospital Ayr for their care and compassion.”

Colin and his wife, a former psychiatric nurse, made the Sunday Times Rich List with their win.

News of their decision to part emerged in the Spring.

It’s reported they legally divorced in September.

 

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