Legendary actor Sam Kelly has died. He was 70.
The screen icon, who was best known for his roles in Porridge and 'Allo 'Allo! passed away last night (June 14), following a long illness.
Speaking to BBC, Sam's agent, Lynda Ronan said: "Sam Kelly died peacefully this morning after a long illness bravely fought. He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession."
Sam Kelly. What a lovely actor.— Rebecca Front (@RebeccaFront) June 14, 2014
Saddened to hear that Sam Kelly passed away. Rest in Peace x pic.twitter.com/Cv9g6gpaAL— Wicked UK Tour (@Wickeduktour) June 14, 2014
Sam Kelly: a lovely man, a demon Scrabble player, and one of the finest actors I've ever known. Goodbye, old friend. pic.twitter.com/mMSVDJbMEr— Nicholas Pegg (@NicholasPegg) June 14, 2014
Desperately sad news that the wonderful Sam Kelly has left us. Such a funny, talented man and one of the good guys. RIP Bunny Warren— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 14, 2014
Cannot believe that lovely Sam Kelly has died. We were at drama school together - lovely, funny , talented chap. So sad.— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) June 14, 2014