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The Virginian star James Drury dies at 85 of natural causes

Western star James Drury has died of natural causes (Picture: Getty)

James Drury has died at the age of 85 of natual causes.,

News of his death was announced by his assistant Karen Lindsey on Monday.

Details of a memorial service for the star are to follow.

A statement on the actor’s official website read: ‘The cowboy took his last ride.

‘It is with immense sadness that I let you all know that James Drury, our beloved Virginian and dear friend passed away this morning of natural causes, Monday, April 6, 2020.

‘He will be missed so much. It is beyond words. Memorial service to be determined later.’

Drury was best known for his role in western The Virginian (Picture: Getty)

Drury was best known for his starring role in western TV series The Viriginian, believed to be the third longest running western on television.

Recalling his experiences on the show back in 2015, Drury felt that life with his grandfather on a ranch helped prepare him for the part.

‘In any character all you can do is work with the words on the page. You also bring to it everything you are, everything you’ve ever been, everything you can be, all of your dreams and your pretty good hunches as to how something will work with certain expressions and so forth,’ the actor explained.

‘I like to keep in mind the character and the person of my maternal grandfather…who came west with the wagon train when he was 17 years old. He was a rancher and a cowboy and an Indian fighter and a cowboy.

The actor died of natural causes (Picture: Getty)

‘I was carrying a loaded gun when I was 6 years old and I’m still carrying one everywhere I go.

‘In the course of the episodes you get a chance to do a lot of experimentation and I did everything I could to keep the character alive. It’s a wonderful process and I don’t think I would have been happy spending my life any other way.’

The Virginian ran from 1962 to 1971.

He has had various TV and appearances including Walker, Texas Ranger, Hell To Pay and The Adventures of Brisco County.

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