This Morning Star Dr Uchenna Okoye Has Died

Dr Uchenna Okoye
Credit: @druchennaokoye/Instagram & 10 Years Younger via YouTube

Celebrity TV dentist Dr Uchenna Okoye has tragically died aged 53. 

Dr Okoye often appeared on ITV’s This Morning as a medical expert, offering advice to viewers at home.

She also was a regular guest on Channel 4’s 10 Years Younger in 10 Days, Daybreak and BBC Breakfast.

A heartbreaking statement has been shared on Dr Okoye’s Instagram account, in which it says she passed away on September 15.

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It says the TV doctor had fallen ill at home and died shortly after.

The statement reads: “We are heartbroken to announce that Dr Uchenna Okoye sadly passed away after a sudden illness on Friday 15th September 2023.

“We know many of you will be devastated and shocked to see this post. We ask for your prayers and some privacy at this difficult time. We will be in touch in the coming days.”

Dr Okeye’s representatives tell Sky News: “At this time, we ask for your prayers for her young daughter, her family, her team of staff at London Smiling Dental Group and her friends who are all struggling to come to terms with her loss.”

At the time of writing, a cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Many of Dr Okeye’s fans have taken to the comments and paid tribute, with one writing: “Goodness! Such incredibly sad news! What a loss. Sending huge condolences to her friends and family.”

Another adds: “May she rest in peace. Will be dearly missed. Sending deepest condolences to her family at this heartbreaking time.”

“Beautiful Uchenna! An industry beacon who quickly became a friend to many of us. So warm, generous and funny,” somebody else says.

“Sending condolences to her family and friends.”

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby, who worked with Dr Okoye on the daytime show, tells her followers: “Unbelievably sad to hear of the passing of @druchennaokoye.

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“We first worked together many moons ago with @oralb_uk and she was very kind to me… and then of course again, giving her advice on @thismorning. Sending all my love to her family.”

While BBC radio presenter Jo Whiley also pens: “Devastating news. Sending love to her daughter, family and London Smiling team. Strong, beautiful, funny Uchenna. Awful. Just awful.”

Dr Okoye ran two dental practices and even owned a line of specialist dental products.

According to an online profile of the celebrity dentist, she had qualified at Guy’s Hospital in London and was an expert in the cosmetics industry.

She was also an honourary clinician at St. George’s Hospital in London, as well as a clinical director of the London Smiling Dental Group.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.