14:43 07 August 2015
Actor George Cole, whose career spanned 70 years, and best known for his role in the television series Minder, has died aged 90.
His agent, Derek Webster, confirmed that the actor died in hospital with his family at his side.
Mr Webster said: "It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad death of one of our most loved and respected actors.
"George Cole passed away yesterday at the Royal Berkshire Hospital after a short illness. His wife Penny and his son Toby were with him at his bedside."
Dennis Waterman, Cole’s co-star in the long-running TV series, said: "I am so sad to hear of George's death. His family must be devastated, and I am absolutely certain that anybody who ever knew him, will feel the same.
"I'm so grateful to have been a friend of this wonderful man. We worked together for many years and my boast is that we laughed all day, every day.
"He was an amazing man, a wonderful actor and besotted with his family. I had the privilege of spending Tuesday afternoon with him and Penny and, although very frail, his wit was as evident as ever. Farewell old friend."