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Star of comedy show Hi-De-Hi! dies aged 72

THE Hi-De-Hi! actor Paul Shane has died at the age of 72 following a short illness, his agent said.

The star of the 80s 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."

People took to Twitter following the announcement of his death to share their favourite memories of the actor, with many posting links to a video of his enthusiastic rendition of You've Lost That Loving Feeling on Channel 4 in 1996.

Comedian Ricky Gervais wrote: "RIP Paul Shane. Old school Britcom hero. This one's for you mate..."

Shane was a coal miner before starting out as a cabaret act touring working men's clubs in the 1960s.

As well as Hi-De-Hi!, in which he played holiday camp host Ted Bovis, he starred in the TV series You Rang M'Lord and Oh, Dr Beeching!