Edward Woodward dies aged 79

Veteran actor Edward Woodward has died aged 79 at Truro Hospital in Cornwall after a long illness.

The star, best known for his roles in cult horror The Wicker Man and US TV series The Equaliser, had also appeared on BBC soap Eastenders earlier this year.

Confirming his passing, agent Janet Glass paid tribute to the actor, calling him a “superb human being who never had anything bad to say about anyone”.

"Universally loved and admired through his unforgettable roles in classic productions, he was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness.

"His passing will leave a huge gap in many lives," she added.

Actor Simon Pegg, who worked with Woodward on 2007 film Hot Fuzz , left a tribute to Woodward on his Twitter account; "So sorry to hear we have lost the great Edward Woodward. Feel lucky to have worked with him."

The cult actor had been battling a series of serious illnesses, including pneumonia, over the past few months.

Although maintaining his sense of humour and high spirits throughout his hospitalisation, Woodward finally succumbed this morning, surrounded by family.

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