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Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies at the age of 93

By Dominic Harris

Published 26/06/2015

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Actor Patrick Macnee, who was best known for playing agent John Steed in the 1960s TV series The Avengers, has died at the age of 93.

He died of natural causes at his home in California with his family at his bedside, according to his son Rupert.

Macnee, who starred in the classic spy programme alongside Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley, had lived in the US for the last 40 years.

A statement paying tribute to him on his website said: "Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry. He was at home wherever in the world he found himself.

"He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them. Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories and good wishes."

The son of a racehorse trainer, Macnee grew up in Berkshire and was educated at Summerfields Preparatory School, where at the age of 11 he acted in Henry V opposite a young Sir Christopher Lee.

He then went on to Eton College before training at London's Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

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