He was taken into hospital in 2005 with pneumonia where he went on to make a slow recovery.
However, doctors discovered problems with his heart and carried out an emergency operation for endocarditis.
The operation was not successful and two days later on June 26, the presenter died aged 61.
The resident lexicographer divulged that the Countdown team still pay tribute to Richard in the form of a memorial trophy.
“At the end of each series, we give the champion The Richard Whiteley Memorial trophy to remember him,” Susie remarked.
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