The Times – 16th October 2010

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Casualty star dies after long cancer battle

Simon MacCorkindale, the actor and star of the BBC drama Casualty, has died at 58. The actor, who had bowel cancer diagnosed in 2006, died at the London Clinic in Harley Street at 10.30pm on Thursday, said Max Clifford, the family’s friend and publicist.

MacCorkindale played the lead role in the cult 1980s’ show Manimal His wife, the actress Susan George, said: “No one could have fought this disease any harder than he did since being diagnosed four years ago. He fought it with such strength, courage and belief. Last night, he lost this battle, and he died peacefully in my arms. To me, he was simply the best of everything, and I loved him with all my heart.”

Last year the couple were told that that MacCorkindale would recover, but the cancer spread to his lungs.
John Yorke, controller of BBC drama production, said: “He will be missed massively by his many fans, and by everyone who worked with him.”

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