Blue Peter host Max Stahl loses cancer battle at the age of 66

Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Christopher Wenner , better known as Max Stahl has reportedly died after battling cancer. He died at the age of 66.

He was popularly known for presenting on iconic children’s show Blue Peter from 1978-80.

Following his demise, well-wishers and fans sent in their tributes.

One tweeted: “Sad news. I have fond memories of his brief stint on Blue Peter, bridging the gap between John Noakes and Peter Duncan. I knew he’d been in Doctor Who too, but I had absolutely no idea that he went on to do such remarkable things thereafter. What a career.”

Christopher Wenner was popularly known for presenting on iconic children’s show Blue Peter from 1978-80.

Another added: “Sad to hear of the passing of legendary journalist & film maker Max Stahl who brought Timor Leste’s independence struggle to the world and filmed the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre of protesters by Indonesian forces. A luta continua.”

A third joined in with: “RIP Max Stahl. A hero of mine, a hero to many. A luta continua xx.”

Max Stahl featured in a film that showcased the 1991 massacre of 271 protesters against Indonesian rule in East Timor, an award-winning film whose footage brought global attention to a massacre in East Timor.

Stahl granted an interview to BBC in 2016 while saying: “I was just getting my camera ready when there was a wall of sound, at least 10 seconds of uninterrupted gunfire. The soldiers who arrived fired point blank into a crowd of a couple of thousand young people.”

He added: “I could easily see that it was only a matter of time before they came to me, and at that point I thought, well, I should move away from here.”

Max Stahl featured in a film that showcased the 1991 massacre of 271 protesters against Indonesian rule in East Timor

Max was a father of four, and ran his own production company while continuing his career in journalism.

In April 2012, it was reported that he had been receiving treatment for throat cancer.

On the 27th October 2021, former East Tim beor president José Ramos-Horta announced that he had died from cancer at a hospital in Brisbane, Australia.