Roy Hudd, known for his 26 year stint presenting The News Huddlines and his acting career has died at the age of 83 his agent has confirmed. The star also hosted 1969’s The Roy Hudd Show, and starred in crime drama Ashes to Ashes in 2008.
How did Roy Hudd die?
A statement from his agent said: “We are sad to announce the passing of the much-loved and amazingly talented Roy Hudd OBE.
“After a short illness, Roy passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Sunday the 15th of March, with his wife Debbie at his side.
“The family would ask you to respect their privacy at this very sad time.”
Tributes have since been pouring in across social media, with celebrities paying homage to the legendary entertainer.
BBC presenter Lizo Mzimba wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news. Actor, comedian and presenter Roy Hudd died aged 83 on Sunday afternoon, his agent has confirmed #RIPRoyHudd”
Comedian Simon Blackwell said: “Very sad indeed to hear that Roy Hudd has died.
“A really lovely bloke, a great comedian, excellent straight actor. And a comedy historian too.
“I got my start in comedy writing via his Radio 2 show The News Huddlines. He was a total joy to write for. All good wishes to his family.”
The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre paid tribute to Hudd with a message on Twitter saying: “We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Roy Hudd.
“Roy appeared on our stage several times, with his most recent role in A Woman of No Importance last October / November.
“Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time”.
Who was Roy Hudd?
Hudd was born in Croydon, Surrey, in 1936, and is survived by his wife Debbie
The star first featured on TV on the BBC’s Not So Much A Programme, More A Way of Life.
This also featured David Frost, William Rushton, John Bird, Michael Crawford and Eleanor Bron.
Hudd also co-wrote and played the part of Bud Flanagan in the musical Underneath the Arches.
As well as this, Hudd also appeared in Call the Midwife in 2012, alongside Midsomer Murders, Law & Order and Broadchurch.