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Till Death Us Do Part star Tony Booth dies, family confirms

Actor Tony Booth has died, his family has announced.

Booth, 85, who was the father of Cherie Blair, died on Monday night.

He was best known for playing "Scouse git" Mike in 1960s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part,

The actor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004 and had also suffered heart problems.

A statement released on behalf of his wife Steph Booth said: "It is with sadness we announce the death of Antony Booth, actor and political campaigner.

"Tony passed away late last night with close family members in attendance.

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Tony Booth, who starred in Till Death Us Do Part, has died. (PA Wire)

"The family ask for their privacy to be respected at this time."

A father of nine daughters, Mr Booth was married four times.

When his son-in-law Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1997, his political views proved to be an occasional thorn in the PM's side.

His character in the hugely popular sitcom reflected his own left-wing political beliefs.

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Cherie Booth with her parents Gale and Tony Booth after receiving an honorary fellowship from John Moore's University. (Peter Wilcock/PA Wire)

His third marriage was to actress Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street, and died from cancer a week after their wedding in 1986.

He married his fourth wife Stephanie Buckley in 1998.

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Tony Booth at the Granada studios in Manchester with a plaque for his former wife, actress Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street from 1960 until 1984. (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Booth played Malcolm Wilkinson in Coronation Street from 1960-1961 and had a host of other film and TV roles during the decade.

In the 1990s he enjoyed a revival in his television career, with roles in the likes of Holby City, The Bill and Mersey Beat.

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