Actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died aged 75.
The star’s former agency confirmed to BBC News he died at a care home on Monday morning.
Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France.
He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version.
Tributes have been paid to the “terrific comic actor”.
Born in Huddersfield, Kaye got his first big TV break in ITV soap Coronation Street, playing Elsie Tanner’s nephew Bernard Butler.
He went on to appear in a number of roles in sitcoms including Till Death Us Do Part, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Are You Being Served? before landing the role of Rene.
His last screen role was in a one-off return of ‘Allo ‘Allo! in 2007, which reunited several members of the cast. He also starred in BBC sketch show Revolver in 2004.
“Gorden Kaye was a terrific comic actor whose signature role, Rene Artois, earned his place in the comedy hall of fame,” Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning said.
“He was instrumental in making ‘Allo ‘Allo! such a long running and well-loved series.
“His work lives on and thoughts are with friends and loved ones at this sad time.”