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13th November 1986 - 22nd January 1990

Born: 5th October 1962 - died: 13th April 2004

Presented with Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Mark Curry, Yvette Fielding and John Leslie.

Sadly, Caron Keating has just died at the age of 41, after losing a battle with breast cancer. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

The daughter of presenter Gloria Hunniford and BBC producer Don Keating, Caron was destined for a career in television. Sure enough, after a spell presenting in her native Northern Ireland, she soon found herself landing the dream job of presenting Blue Peter.

During her time with the show Caron proved she was game for anything. Amongst her more daring reports, she could be seen jumping under freezing waterfalls, diving with sharks, and abseiling down cliffs and skyscrapers.

This being the 80s, Caron is also fondly remembered for her forays into fashion - both successful and otherwise. There is no truth in the rumour that the creation of the Green Blue Peter badge was in response to Caron's single-handedly trying to destroy the ozone layer with her over reliance on hairspray.

Caron took time out of presenting to look after her two sons, but made a triumphant return to TV in 1996 when she co-presented This Morning, during Richard and Judy's holidays.

She also hosted the consumer affairs programme We Can Work It Out, the magazine show Summer Scene, and co-hosted the series Family Affairs with her mother.

Sadly, at the age of 41, Caron died after losing a battle with breast cancer.

Top Blue Peter moment: Swimming with sharks.

Caron Keating video clips
Video Caron joins
Video The armour game
Video Swimming with sharks
Video Waterfall wonder
Video Caron's highlights
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