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Openly gay BBC host found dead

LONDON -- Beloved British television host Kristian Digby, who was openly gay, was found dead on Monday in his East London home by his ex-boyfriend.

Digby, 32, was host of the BBC’s “To Buy or Not to Buy,” a daytime show.

“Kristian was a much-loved and talented presenter for BBC Daytime. He brought a real sense of energy and warmth to all the shows he presented for us and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time,” the BBC said in a statement.

Digby's agent and friend Jo Wander expressed her grief.

"I am devastated by the loss,” Wander said. “He was a lovely guy and a very talented presenter and director. I will miss him hugely."

Fans have paid tribute on social networking such as Twitter, where many described themselves as in a state of shock. Digby was popular in his East London neighborhood, where residents said he pushed the council to make improvements to the area.

Media reports said that a belt and a bag found at the scene were sent for forensic testing. Several newspapers have suggested that the cause of death was accidental suffocation to due auto-erotic asphyxiation, but the postmortem results were determined to be inconclusive. To date, the cause of death is called “unexplained.”