Tributes after sudden death of boxing legend Jim Watt’s daughter Michelle

Michelle at an awards ceremony in 2013
Michelle at an awards ceremony in 2013

Tributes have been paid after the sudden death of TV presenter Michelle Watt, the daughter of boxing legend Jim Watt.

The popular television host, a former Lenzie Academy pupil, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday night. She was 38.

It’s the latest family tragedy to hit the former world champion boxer who lives in Kirkintilloch.

In 1995, his son Jim was killed in a road crash aged 17.

Michelle, who also attended Lairdsland Primary School, was born in Moodiesburn and moved to Kirkintilloch at the age of three.

She presented television shows including STV’s The Hour, 60 Minute Makeover and dating show Club Cupid.

Michelle lived in Airth, Stirlingshire with husband Paul Kerr and five-year-old daughter Jaymi.

Colleagues, including comedian Des Clarke, who co-hosted Club Cupid with Michelle, spoke of their devastation at the news.

He described her as a true professional with “an infectious personality who lit up every room”.

Sky Sports boxing’s Adam Smith tweeted: “Absolutely devastated for my friend and colleague Jim Watt.

“All of our thoughts @SkySportsBoxing are with him and Mags. RIP lovely Michelle.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Forth Valley were called to an address on Douglas Avenue, Airth, around 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday where the body of a 38-year-old woman was found.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”