Tim Bentinck, a friend of Tony Armatrading’s, announced his death on Twitter today. He shared a picture of Tony in hospital with his devoted wife Suzan Crowley and their dog by his side.
He wrote: “Very sad news. My dearest friend Tony Armatrading died of cancer an hour ago.
“I had the privilege of being his best man, and loved him dearly. He was a wonderful actor, and a true friend.”
Tony starred is best known for his roles in The Saint and romantic comedy Notting Hill.
As well as this, he acted in Channel 4 soap Brookside, Colour Blind, The Bill and A Touch Of Frost alongside David Jason.
He is also the younger brother of singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading.
Many fans and colleagues have flocked to Twitter to pay tribute.
His Notting Hill co-star Lorelei King wrote: “A lovely man. So many happy memories spending time with him and Suzy in Los Angeles. Love to you all. x.”
Adrian Rees commented: “Just heard that Tony Armatrading has died.
“So desperately sad and unfair. He was in the first play I worked on at the @BelgradeTheatreand he was the nicest, sweetest man you could wish to meet.
“He was also a bloody good actor. Sending healing hugs to his family and friends.”
A second commented: “I’m so sorry to hear this. Only worked with him once briefly – and he was a lovely chap.
A third added: “Sad to hear you’re going through this. Hope you’ll be alright soon Tim!”
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