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The Bill star George Rossi died from pancreatic cancer surrounded by family

The Bill fan-favourite George Rossi has sadly died at the age of 61.

The Scottish actor was best-known for his work as the loveable down-to-earth Detective Constable Duncan Lennox on the long-running police drama.

After a legacy of TV work, the star passed away on Wednesday, January 5 after his niece Louisa Rossi confirmed the news.

"Unfortunately George Rossi who played DC Duncan Lennox passed away the morning of Wednesday 5th January 2022,” she said on social media.

It has since been shared that the late star died from pancreatic cancer, and he was surrounded by family.

His wife Catrin was with him at the time, as well as their children Santino, 24, and Matilda, 26.

She shared with MailOnline: "George was a wonderful person. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after losing his battle against pancreatic cancer.

"It was expected but this has hit us hard and we really don't know what more to say."

The Bill star George Rossi's heartbroken wife shared that he passed away following a battle with cancer

 Fremantle Media/REX/Shutterstock The Bill star George Rossi's heartbroken wife shared that he passed away following a battle with cancer

It's reported that Catrin was being comforted by other relatives and friends at her home, following George's passing.

His niece said her uncle was still acting “up until recently”.

The Bill favourite first starred on the crime series in 1998 before saying his goodbyes to his character in 2003.

George was married to his wife Catrin Rossi for more than 30 years after they tied the knot in 1988.

Fans were devastated at the loss of such a staple on The Bill, with many sharing their condolences to the star’s family and friends.

George was surrounded by family

Carlton George was surrounded by family

Casting director Claire Toeman also paid tribute to the actor, as she called him one of her “dearest” friends.

"Rest in peace George Rossi you were the dearest of friends you will be sorely missed,” the industry professional shared.

“He will always be remembered for portraying one of the most popular faces on The Bill in the late nineties.

She added that it wasn’t long before DC Lennox became a “firm favourite with fans”.

One fan posted: "So sad just watching an episode of the bill that he is in as I’m reading this RIP mr Rossi."

"Some sad news, another person added. 

Reference: Okay: Charlotte Hume

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