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Ian Turpie dies: Larry Emdur, Eddie McGuire, Adam Hills lead tributes

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Australian celebrities have been paying tribute to late television host Ian Turpie.

Turpie, best known for his hosting role on The New Price is Right, passed away in the company of his wife and three children on Sunday (March 11), after a year-long battle with cancer.

Breakfast television host Larry Emdur wrote on his Twitter page: "So many jokes to tell, so many yarns to spin, so many game shows to host and never enough time.. RIP Ian "TURPS" Turpie, best Price host ever (sic)."

"I saw Turps a few years ago, he said people still yell "COME ON DOWN !!" to him every single day & it still made him smile."

Emdur later added: "Turps loved an audience & would love it that you care enough that he's trending on Twitter. Says a lot about the legend & the fun he gave us. On a sad day in TV history, it's worth noting that everyone who has spoken about Turps today has used the words 'Good Bloke'."

John Burgess added on the microblogging site: "Very sad day with the news, we've lost good mate Ian Turpie, I had the honour of calling Turps, mate, our deepest sympathies to Jan & family."

Millionaire Hot Seat presenter Eddie McGuire told Sky News: "One of the things that we all remember about Ian is that his persona on air seemed to be the same off. He always had that big smile under his bushy moustache."

Spicks and Specks star Adam Hills made reference to Turpie's famous catchphrase, saying: "I hope when God called he said 'Ian Turpie, come on up'."

Comedian Rob Shehadie wrote on his Twitter page: "RIP "Turps". You were a great guy and an honour to act alongside u on Houso's, swift n shift and fat pizza. God bless!"

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Watch footage of Ian Turpie hosting a 1989 episode of The Price is Right below:

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