Paul Shane dies
Actor Paul Shane died yesterday (16.05.13) at the age of 72 following a short illness
Paul Shane has died.
The 72-year-old actor - who was best known for sit-coms 'Hi-D
de-Hi' and 'You Rang M'Lord' - passed away in a hospice in Rotherham, South Yorkshire yesterday (16.05.13) following a short illness.
The actor - whose wife Dory passed away in 2001 - was surrounded by close family when he died.
He leaves behind his three daughters and six grandchildren.
His agent, Linda Kremer, said: "Paul Shane was a consummate professional, a true gentleman, a good friend, and a joy to work with.
"He didn't suffer fools, always maintained his sense of humour, never stinted on the time he gave to his fans.
"He lightened my life and I'll miss him enormously."
Celebrity fans have been paying tribute to Paul on Twitter, with Ricky Gervais praising him as an "old school Britcom hero".
Former 'EastEnders' actor Shaun Williamson wrote: "RIP Comedy Legend".
Lisa Riley tweeted "RIP Paul Shane I adored you in Hi-Di-Hi great comedy actor lost!! (sic)"
The actor - a former miner - was also known for his roles in 'Oh Doctor Beeching!', 'Emmerdale', 'Common as Muck', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Doctors' and 'Holby City'.