Thursday 14 November 2019

Sir Lenny Henry pays tribute to ‘one of the best’ Larrington Walker

Larrington Walker’s agent said he “brought so much to the world”.

Larrington Walker
Larrington Walker

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Sir Lenny Henry has led tributes following the death of actor Larrington Walker.

The Jamaica-born actor, who worked in television, film and on stage, passed away at the weekend at the age of 70.

His agent Femi Oguns confirmed the sad news on Twitter, saying: “It’s with a very heavy heart that I announce the angels have been called to bring my friend and client Sir Larrington Walker home.”

Larrington Walker, Sir Lenny Henry and Joivan Wade onstage

Oguns went on: “I know this great man has brought so much to the world and this will come as a great shock that those who know him. I feel so empty right now so emotional.

“My heart is with the family and friends. Thank you for all the great conversations filled with love guidance, wisdom and Laughter.

“My life will never be the same without you great sir as I’m sure with many others.

“It was the greatest honest to represent you. The greatest honour & privilege representing you. I will forever love you dearly.

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Sir Larrington Walker it was an absolute honour and privilege to know and represent you. Not only did I have a client but I had a very dear friend.You brought such light, wisdom and grace to my life it will not be the same without you. Sitting at my desk not hearing your voice on the phone to lighten up my day or the endless jokes we sent each other on whatsup, I now realise we truly take the small things in life for granted. Expecting each other to live message forever. I will miss you dearly. I love you dearly. God has sent his angels as he wishes to return his blessing which is you, back to heaven. Our loss heavens true gain. My heart and mind is heavy I am mourning your loss but I will never mourn your memory for this will forever live forever in our hearts and minds. My thoughts go out to your family and friends. Love and endless support. Your agent forever Femi xxxx

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“God bless you and the family.”

Sir Lenny, who appeared in the production Rudy’s Rare Records with Walker, wrote on Twitter: “One of the best has gone. Rest easy Larry. Xx.”

The star also shared video of Walker being honoured at an event at the Bafta studios.

Actress Noma Dumezweni also paid tribute, posting an image of a broken heart on Twitter. “LOVED Him!” she said.

She also commented on the tribute footage, saying: “This is Just Perfect… So Much love for and History from this man…”

Writer and broadcaster Danny Robins said: “Larrington Walker was one of the good guys. A true gentleman who made me laugh a lot. Can’t believe he’s gone.”

EastEnders actress Ellen Thomas said: “My heart is breaking.”

Prime Suspect’s Tanya Moodie said Walker was a “lovely, talented legend of an actor”.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1947, Walker moved to the UK in 1956.

His television career included Taboo, The Bill and Inspector Morse and he appeared in films including Human Traffic and Second Coming. He was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for several years.

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