Brian Cant, Play School presenter, dies at 83

Brian Cant, Play School presenter, dies at 83

Children’s presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83. He was best known for presenting BBC’s Play School for 21 years from 1964, and Play Away from 1971 to 1984. His agent said he had been living with Parkinson’s disease and died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry. A statement from the family said: “He lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for a long time.” Cant…

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Finsbury Park attack: Man dies as van hits worshippers

Finsbury Park attack: Man dies as van hits worshippers

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque. Eight people were taken to hospital after the “terrorist attack” near Finsbury Park Mosque, police said. A group of people were helping a man who had collapsed when they were hit by the van just after midnight. The man has died, but it is unclear…

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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony told US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rocky – starring Sylvester Stallone as a rags-to-riches boxer – became the highest grossing film of 1976, despite having a relatively low budget. It won an Oscar for best picture, as well one for Avildsen as…

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Adam West: TV Batman actor dies at 88

Adam West: TV Batman actor dies at 88

Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman, has died aged 88. West died peacefully in Los Angeles after a “short but brave battle” with leukaemia, a family spokesperson said. His tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman and the superhero’s alter ego Bruce Wayne won a cult following. He later struggled to find big acting roles, but won a new generation of fans in more recent times after…

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Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96

Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96

Media playback is unsupported on your device Peter Sallis has died at the age of 96, his agents have announced. The actor was best known for appearing in Last of the Summer Wine and was also famous as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit. His agent confirmed he died peacefully with his family by his side. Sallis played Norman “Cleggy” Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine from its first episode in 1973…

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Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

Comic actor Roy Barraclough, who played Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street, has died aged 81. Julie Goodyear, who starred as his on-screen wife Bet Lynch, led the tributes by saying she was “devastated” by the loss of her “dearest friend”. Lancashire-born Barraclough was also known for his partnership with Les Dawson, especially their portrayal of gossiping housewives Cissie and Ada. His death on Thursday morning came after a short illness, his agent…

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Hamerton Zoo keeper dies in 'freak tiger accident'

Hamerton Zoo keeper dies in 'freak tiger accident'

A female zoo-keeper has died in a “freak accident” after a tiger entered an enclosure at a wildlife park. The death happened at Hamerton Zoo Park, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, at about 11:15 BST. Cambridgeshire Police said: “A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zoo keeper died at the scene.” Visitors were led away from the zoo. At no time did the animal escape from the enclosure, said police. Officers investigating…

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Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

Media playback is unsupported on your device Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 83. Noakes was the BBC children’s show’s longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side. He was also known for his daredevil stunts like climbing Nelson’s Column and jumping out of planes – and for his famous encounter with…

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