Hilary Devey's Dragons' Den Co-Stars Pay Tribute To 'Unique And Inspiring' Entrepreneur

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Hilary (second left) was known for her stint on Dragons' Den (Photo: BBC)
Hilary (second left) was known for her stint on Dragons' Den (Photo: BBC)

Hilary (second left) was known for her stint on Dragons' Den (Photo: BBC)

Hilary Devey’s former Dragons’ Den co-stars have paid emotional tribute to the entrepreneur following her death.

It was announced on Sunday that the goods distribution network boss died at her holiday home in Morocco the day before, having been ill “for some time”, according to her publicist.

After the news broke, fellow Dragons Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne and Theo Paphitis remembered the “unique” and “inspiring” star.

Deborah tweeted: “She was unique in every way and brought grit and warmth with her into the Den. My thoughts are with her family and loved ones. RIP Hilary. Truly one of a kind.”

Peter said: “She was an inspiring woman and it was great to spend time with her on Dragons’ Den. Sending my deepest condolences to her family.”

Duncan wrote: “So young. Too young. Rest in Peace Hilary.”

Theo tweeted: “She left us all with some fantastic memories, may she rest in peace. My thoughts are with her family.”

Current Dragon Steven Bartlett called her “wonderful, unique and inspiring”, adding: “She was truly one of a kind and her legacy lives on in all the people she helped, the businesses she supported and the Den that she graced.”

Former Dragon James Caan wrote: “She was truly an inspirational entrepreneur and business woman who confidently worked hard and always showed determination with every venture and project. My thoughts are with her close friends and family.”

Dragons’ Den host Evan Davis said: “I didn’t know her well, but she really brought a wonderful grit to the Den; it was quite different to anything we’d encountered and audiences loved it. She’ll be long remembered.”

A statement from the show said: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the loss of Dragons’ Den legend Hilary Devey, who will always hold a unique place in the hearts of our production team.

“Her straight-talking approach made her a firm favourite with viewers, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Radio hosts Greg James and Lauren Laverne were also among many others who paid tribute.

Hilary served as an investor on Dragons’ Den between 2011 and 2012.

She had first appeared on Channel 4′s Secret Millionaire in 2008, before going on to present The Business Inspector for Channel 5 in 2010.

After leaving Dragons’ Den, Hilary, who was awarded an CBE in 2013 for services to the transport industry and to charity, hosted The Intern and Running The Shop for Channel 4.

She also served as a regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women in 2015.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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