Denise Robertson has been described as a “remarkably savvy lady” by the publisher of healthy living title Candis, where one of the country's most famous agony aunts penned a monthly column for the past seven years.
Journalists from print and TV have paid tribute to Robertson who has died aged 83.
Robertson’s death was announced via the twitter account of ITV’s This Morning TV programme, where Robertson had been a regular fixture since it first aired in 1988.
TV and print journalists who paid tribute to Robertson included Sky’s Kay Burley, This Morning’s current presenter Eamonn Holmes and the programme’s former hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.
Actually …. It's me today. I wanted to be there to lead the tributes to Denise. I've known her for 30 years. https://t.co/hIbmBwWtOH
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) April 1, 2016
Robertson made her TV debut in 1985, presenting an advice line segment on BBC’s Breakfast Time.
Alongside her broadcast career, she also wrote for newspapers and magazines, as well as having her own advice website called Dear Denise. She also pubished 17 novels and a number of advice books.
Latterly, Robertson wrote a monthly column for monthly magazine Candis which ran from February 2009.
Candis posted a tribute to Robertson on its Facebook page.
The post read: “She personally answered every reader letter or email that was sent in and always went above and beyond the call of duty. Our hearts go out to Denise’s family at this devastating time. RIP Denise, your kindness and common sense were a beacon of hope and support to many and you will be sincerely missed.”
Debbie Attewell, the editorial director of Newhall Publishing, the publisher of Candis, said: “Denise was always supportive of my work as editor and editorial director and of course Candis itself. She was a remarkably savvy lady who knew how to stand her ground but was also that rare person who combined compassion with common sense.”
Prior to joining Candis, Robertson also wrote for Chat magazine as well as the Daily Telegraph.