17:40 12 September 2014
Veteran stage and screen actor Sir Donald Sinden, who is known for his deep theatrical voice, has died at the age of 90 following years of battle against prostate cancer. He passed away at his home in Romney Marsh, Kent.
The sad news was confirmed by his son - actor and director Marc Sinden - who said in a statement: "My father has finished dying. He suffered for a few years from prostate cancer which slowly spread.
"Even though his death was expected, it is still a huge loss to his family and we, his brother, his son, his four grandchildren and great-grandchild will all miss his humour and knowledge and we would all like to share our appreciation for the Pilgrims Hospice and the carers that looked after him and us with such dignity, consideration and care until the end."
Remembering his father, he added: "He worked out that he only had a total of five weeks unemployment between 1942 and 2008, which was probably a record in itself.
“Another record he held from 1949 until 2013 was at the Haymarket Theatre in his beloved West End of London, where he gave more consecutive performances in one play than any other actor since it was built in 1820."