14/06/2014 16:45 BST | Updated 14/06/2014 17:59 BST

Sam Kelly, 'Allo 'Allo And Porridge Actor, Dies At 70

Beloved British actor Sam Kelly, who starred in 'Allo 'Allo! and Porridge, died today aged 70 after a long illness.

His agent Lynda Ronan said he died "peacefully" and left a "host of friends who were his chosen family".

Kelly acted in On The Up and Barbara, and recently played The Wizard in West End musical Wicked.

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Ms Ronan said: "Sam Kelly died peacefully this morning after a long illness bravely fought. He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession."

Stephen Fry led the way in an outpouring of grief on Twitter: