Who is Frank Bough’s wife Nesta Howells and did they have any children?

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FRANK Bough was one of the most well-known faces on British TV from the 1960s to 1980s presenting the BBC’s Grandstand and later Breakfast Time.

He died recently at a care home at the age of 87.

Nesta stayed with Frank Bough despite the revelations in the News of the World

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Nesta stayed with Frank Bough despite the revelations in the News of the WorldCredit: PA:Press Association

Who is Frank Bough's wife Nesta Howells?

Bough met Nesta Howells while he was doing his national service in the Royal Tank Regiment.

The pair married after Bough left the Army in 1959.

He was once one of the BBC’s highest paid and highest profile presenters.

He died last Wednesday in a care home, a family friend said on Sunday night. 

His career began in 1964 when he presented the show Sportsview, taking over from Peter Dimmock.

Bough later established himself as a TV personality and became one of the highest-paid presenters on the BBC - earning a huge £200,000 at the time.

However, his BBC career came to an abrupt end in 1988 after the BBC sacked him following a newspaper expose which revealed he took cocaine and visited Mayfair brothels.

After leaving the BBC, Bough went on to present on ITV and Sky TV but his reputation never recovered.

Nesta stood by him despite the scandal and remained with him until his death.

She admitted though she had been angry and had considered leaving him.

She said in a Sky News programme: “Obviously I have thought, ‘Do I stay or do I go?’. 

“We have been together a long time. We have brought up a family.

“We have still got a lot going for us. I do feel betrayed by it, but I do not feel that it is anything personal to do with me.”

Frank and Nesta had three sons together during their long marriage

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Frank and Nesta had three sons together during their long marriageCredit: Mirrorpix

Did they have any children?

They had three sons: David, Stephen and Andrew.

For the last 20 years he has been living with his wife in Holyport, Berkshire.

Frank Bough was the face of Saturday afternoon TV for many years when he presented BBC's sports show Grandstand

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Frank Bough was the face of Saturday afternoon TV for many years when he presented BBC's sports show GrandstandCredit: Getty Images - Getty

How did Frank Bough die?

A family friend told the BBC that Bough died last Wednesday in a care home as the cause of his death currently remains unknown.

Tributes have poured in for the presenter, with Piers Morgan tweeting: "RIP Frank Bough, 87.

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"Star of Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time.

"His career was ruined by scandal, but he was one of the great live TV presenters. Sad news."

Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling said Bough was “one of the very best in the business” and had always been “helpful and generous with his time”.

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