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Star of 'Hi-de-Hi' sitcom dies aged 72

The 'Hi-de-Hi!' actor Paul Shane, pictured, died yesterday at the age of 72 following a short illness, his agent said.

The star of the '1980s BBC sitcom was surrounded by friends and family in a hospice in his home town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Linda Kremer, the actor's agent for 15 years, 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."

Shane was a coal miner before starting out as a cabaret act touring working men's clubs in the early 1960s. As well as 'Hi-de-Hi!', in which he played holiday camp host Ted Bovis, he has also starred in the TV series 'You Rang M'Lord' and 'Oh, Dr Beeching!'

He also frequently appeared in 'Holby City', 'Doctors', 'Coronation Street' and 'A Touch of Frost'.

The actor is survived by three daughters and six grandchildren. His wife Dory predeceased him in 2001.

Irish Independent