Antiques Roadshow’s Judith Miller dead: Show expert dies suddenly at age 71 after battling short illness while tributes are paid
Antiques Roadshow favorite Judith Miller has passed away suddenly at the age of 71.
The show expert and author passed away over Easter weekend, after battling a brief illness.
Her publishing company issued a statement in tribute to Judith, saying her death comes as a “huge shock” to everyone.
Alison Starling, of Octopus Publishers, said: ‘I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Judith off and on for the past 30 years and the news of her death has come as a huge shock.
‘She had so much energy and spirit – always combining her impressively broad, in-depth knowledge of antiques with a lifelong passion for making the world of collecting accessible and non-intimidating for everyone.
“Judith will be sorely missed by all those readers and viewers who looked to her for expert and reassuringly friendly advice.”
RIP: Antiques Roadshow favorite Judith Miller has passed away suddenly at the age of 71. The show expert and author passed away over Easter weekend, after battling a brief illness
Passion: Judith began collecting antiques while studying history at the University of Edinburgh and became an expert in her field (pictured in 1999)
Fans of the show took to Twitter to also pay tribute following the sad news.
One viewer wrote: ‘My deepest condolences go out to the loved ones and friends of Judith Miller – a towering figure in the antiques industry. Her guides bought knowledge for a wider audience. A hero of mine. I was lucky enough to meet her a few times, she was very nice and encouraging, RIP.’
Another said, “I’m sorry to hear this. Her books were my start for a love of antiques. RIP Judith Miller’.
Another wrote: Mi’ller’s Price Guides took me on my antiquing journey in the early 1990’s and so sad to learn that Judith Miller passed away over Easter. I had lunch with Judith a year ago and we ignored the menu price guide for once… A delightful lady.’
‘Saddened to read this, I met her in Newby Hall a few years ago when she appraised an item for the Roadshow. A wonderfully engaging lady. Condolences to her family and friends,” said another.
Judith co-authored the famous Miller’s Antiques Price Guide in 1979 with her first husband Martin Miller.
She started collecting antiques while studying history at the University of Edinburgh.
The expert entered the Antiques Roadshow in 2007 and has been a regular at the show for the past 15 years.
Judith is survived by her husband John Wainwright, her three children and four grandchildren.