A representative for Paul Darrow told Express.co.uk the actor died today following a short-term illness, which lasted less than a week. Details of the illness are yet to be disclosed. His representative said: “Over three decades I have been Paul’s confidante and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life. A star has gone out today; the world will be a darker place without him.”
Back in 2014, the Blake’s 7 star suffered an aortic aneurysm.
Aortic aneurysm is a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and tummy, as stated by the NHS.
Last year, he appeared on the celebrity version of Pointless using a wheelchair.
He starred on the quiz show alongside his fellow co-star Michael Keating.
Paul’s most memorable role is his character Kerr Avon in the hit sci-fi series throughout the 1970s and 80s.
He reprised his role back in 2012 in the series Blake’s 7: The Liberator Chronicles.
Paul has also starred in the likes of Doctor Who, Little Britain, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.
Aside from his acting career, Paul was also widely known as the voice of Union JACK radio.
The radio station paid tribute to the late star on Twitter today.
In view of their 2,168 followers, they wrote: “Shocked and saddened to announce this news today.
“We’ve lost a true gent – the iconic voice of Union JACK. We’re still taking it in. Thanks for everything, Paul Darrow.”
According to Virgin Media television, Ian Walker, CEO of the JACK brand, also said in a statement: “Paul Darrow has been JACK’s shining star.
“Over the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of spending countless hours with Paul listening to his life stories and have shared many bottles of his favourite Bordeaux, whilst enjoying his quirky jokes and sense of humour.
“When we first launched JACK in the UK, we cast over 85 voices for the role and we could not have asked for anyone more unique.
“Paul’s rich tones and flippant delivery style always brought a smile to everyone who knew him and of course heard him on JACKfm and Union JACK radio.”
Paul was married to actress Janet Lees-Price from 1966 up until her death in 2012.