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Teletubbies' Tinky Winky actor Simon Shelton dies aged 52

Tributes have been paid to actor Simon Shelton, best known for playing purple Teletubby Tinky Winky, following his death at the age of 52. Actress Emily Atack said her “wonderful uncle” had been “taken so suddenly” and was “the kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet”. Shelton took over the role of handbag-carrying Tinky Winky after original actor Dave Thompson was sacked in 1997. Other roles included The Dark Knight in children’s TV show Incredible Games. According to the actor’s son Henry, Shelton – who was…

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Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”. Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues. The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement. Born in the South African town of Witbank in 1939, Masekela was inspired to learn the trumpet after seeing Kirk…

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Maid Marian actor Howard Lew Lewis dies at 76

The actor Howard Lew Lewis, best known for his roles in Maid Marian and her Merry Men and Brush Strokes, has died at the age of 76. He played Rabies in all four series of children’s comedy Maid Marian and her Merry Men, written by Tony Robinson. Robinson posted on Twitter: “RIP Rabies. The kind, funny and gentle Howard Lew Lewis died on Saturday. Much missed.” Lewis also starred as barman Elmo on sitcom Brush Strokes. Maid Marian and her Merry Men first aired in 1989. It was known for…

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Tributes after 'national hero' Armfield dies aged 82

Former England and Blackpool captain Jimmy Armfield has been described as “a national hero”, following his death at the age of 82. Armfield, who played a club record 627 times for Blackpool, managed Bolton and Leeds in a distinguished career. After management, Armfield went on to work with the Football Association and as a summariser for BBC Radio 5 live. Professional Footballers’ Association chief Gordon Taylor said that football “is much diminished with our loss”. Armfield had been receiving treatment for cancer, after the illness returned for a second time…

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Former England captain Armfield dies aged 82

Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82 following a battle with cancer, Blackpool FC has confirmed. Armfield, who was born in Denton, Greater Manchester, was capped 43 times by England, 15 of them as captain, and made a club record 627 appearances for the Seasiders. He went on to manage Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United and was a commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live for more than 30 years. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC Sport – Sport

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Kinks and Zombies bassist Jim Rodford dies aged 76

The Kinks bassist Jim Rodford has died at the age of 76. The British musician, who spent 18 years with the band from 1979, also played with Argent and The Zombies. His cousin and fellow bandmate, Rod Argent, paid tribute on Facebook to the “magnificent bass player”, who died following a fall on the stairs. He also highlighted his commitment to the music scene in St Albans where he had lived all his life, playing with family members in The Rodford Files. “He gave us absolutely unflagging commitment, loyalty and…

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