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Stars line up to pay tribute to British actor Tony Haygarth

Tony Haygarth has died aged 72.

A host of British TV stars have paid tribute to actor Tony Haygarth, who has died after a battle with dementia.

Haygarth, whose TV roles included stints in British soap opera Emmerdale and police drama The Bill, passed away at his home in Kent, England the age of 72 last Friday (10Mar17).

After news of his death broke, a number of stars took to social media to share their love for the actor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014.

Blackadder actor Tony Robinson wrote on Twitter, "Tony Haygarth, a gentle man, and a fine and subtle actor. So sad for his family. RIP."

Doctor Who star Paul McGann added, "So sad to hear of Tony Haygarth's death. No fellow actor made me laugh so easily. Brilliant, brave and mischievous. True son of Liverpool."

The Liverpool-born actor also starred in a number of films throughout his storied career including the 1979 horror Dracula and 2000 stop motion Chicken Run.

On the stage he also had leading roles with The Royal Shakespeare Company, The English Shakespeare Company, and was a regular star in London's West End theatres.

Others who paid tribute to the star included comic actor James Dreyfus, who wrote "RIP #TonyHaygarth A wonderful actor and such a great man. Adored him," and funnyman Les Dennis who wrote, "So very sad to hear that the wonderful Tony Haygarth has died. Thoughts with his family. RIP."

His wife Carole, who confirmed the news that the actor had passed away, and said her late husband was a down-to-earth man who liked nothing more than having a drink in his local pub.

"He was very, very down-to-earth. He did not play games, running after the awards," she told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "He just wanted to sit and drink with the crew and the locals just accepted him very quickly and right up until his last days doing in to residential care, you would find Tony down (his local pub) The Bush, Blackbird and Thrush."

In addition to Carole, Tony is survived by his daughters Katie and Becky.

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