CHASER Paul Sinha has paid an emotional tribute to contestant Pete Green who was found dead after a house fire.
Quizzer Paul - known as The Sinnerman on the ITV show - went head to head with pensioner Pete after he made it to the final chase.
The 72-year-old filmed the episode, which aired on Monday evening, last September - but never got the chance to see it air.
Paul wrote on Twitter: "Saddened to hear that Pete from today's Chase has since passed away in horrible circumstances.
"A true gentleman, a warm, engaging and thoroughly entertaining opponent."
The Eastern Daily Press reports the pensioner died in a blaze at his house on June 27.
His neighbours hailed him a "much loved character" in Wymondham, Norfolk.
One said: "Pete was the Town Crier and lived about 500m from my house. It was a great shock to the local community.
"He had a great send off with a horse drawn procession through the town centre, with his family and Steam Punk friends following."
Another added :Pete was a much loved character in our town.
"I was proud to call him my friend and serve alongside him as a town councillor. Thank you for this Paul, he loved his day out on The Chase."
During his episode, Pete and his fellow contestant were caught with just one second to spare.
His family paid tribute in a statement, which read: "You touched so many lives and leave us all with the fondest memories, which will carry us through the tough times ahead.
"A much-loved character across Wymondham, re-enactment and steampunk communities to name but a few.
"Father of four, grandfather to eight, and companion to Kiki the Jack Russell. You will be sorely missed."