80s pop singer turned TV Edith Bliss has died after a long illness, aged 53.
Bliss had a hit single with If It’s Love You Want in 1979 followed by two more singles ‘Heart of Stone’ and ‘Two Single Beds’ before releasing her album ‘Sheer Bliss’ in 1980.
But she swapped a music career for TV becoming a presenter on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World.
Jonathan Coleman, who interviewed Bliss for Wonder World as she launched her debut single said, “She had that huge smile and was just a great person to be around.
“I remember when she was on Countdown and it was her birthday. Molly got me to bring a cake onto the set and kept trying to make me throw it at her live on air.
“She knew something was going on and said she would kill me if I threw it at her. She was always funny, always bubbly.”
Simon Townsend said he was “very, very sad” to lose his friend and “one of my favourite reporters on Wonder World”.
In 2006, as Edith Tanner, she appeared on the final Wheel of Fortune and won.
Bliss married Wonderworld sound mixer Mark Tanner and had four children who also spoke of their love for her on Facebook yesterday.
“Today the world lost a wonderful mother, a compassionate friend and one hell of a woman. She passed very peacefully early this morning and her infectious spirit will be missed by all. You’re with the angels now, Mum,” her daugher Eden Tanner posted.