Tributes have been paid to South Yorkshire actor Paul Shane who died today.
The star of the 80s BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi! has died at the age of 72 following a short illness, his agent said.
She said he died surrounded by friends and family in a hospice in his hometown of Rotherham.
Linda Kremer, the actor’s agent for 15 years, said: “Paul was a consummate professional, a true gentleman, a good friend, and a joy to work with.
“He didn’t suffer fools, always maintained his sense of humour, never stinted on the time he gave to his fans.
“He lightened my life and I’ll miss him enormously.”
Paul was a coal miner before starting out as a cabaret act touring working men’s clubs in the 1960s.
As well as Hi-de-Hi!, in which he played holiday camp host Ted Bovis, he starred in the TV series You Rang M’Lord and Oh, Dr Beeching!
He also appeared in Holby City, Doctors, Coronation Street and A Touch of Frost.
He is survived by three daughters and six grandchildren. His wife Dory died in 2001.
Actress Lisa Riley said: “RIP Paul Shane, I adored you in Hi-de-Hi! A great comedy actor lost!”
Comedian Justin Moorhouse said: “I used to love Hi-De-Hi when I was little.”
Rotherham Council said: “RIP to Rotherham’s Paul Shane, who has gone to the great holiday camp in the sky. Hi-de-Hi Paul, Ho-de-ho.”