Kenny, who played swinging pensioner Donald in the series since its first episode in 2007, was battling cancer when he had died at the age of 68.
A spokesperson for ITV expressed their sadness in an official statement, which reads: “We are terribly saddened to hear that Kenny Ireland has passed away, our thoughts are with his family at this time.
"He was a much loved actor, not only by the cast and crew on ‘Benidorm’ but by the millions of fans out there.
"He appeared as Donald Stewart in Benidorm from the first episode and helped play a huge part in its success. He will be greatly missed.”
His co-stars, past and present, have also taken to their Twitter pages to pay their respects to the actor, who they sat pool-side with for a number of years as they recorded the series, with a string of moving posts.
Show creator Derren Litten invited viewers to watch a ‘Benidorm’ re-run airing on ITV that night in tribute to the “fabulous” star, led the tributes to Kenny, writing:
Terribly sad news guys. Kenny Ireland lost his very long battle with cancer this morning. Miss you so much already dear friend. X— Derren Litten (@DerrenLitten) July 31, 2014
Other members of the cast, including some who no longer appear in the Bafta nominated show, also posted their own touching tributes and shared memories of the Scottish actor:
Today we are saying goodbye to one of our beloved Benidorm Family. It's a very sad day for us all.
R.I.P. Kenny x pic.twitter.com/oVukiyW3Sy— Tony Maudsley (@TonyMaudsley1) July 31, 2014
I write this with a sad & heavy heart. Our dear friend the actor Kenny Ireland lost his long battle with cancer this morning. Miss you Kenny— Jake Canuso (@JakeCanuso) July 31, 2014
Very sad news about Kenny Ireland (Donald Stewart) Thanks for teaching me how to play backgammon. RIP Kenny x pic.twitter.com/Jce7BxCOsE— Danny Walters (@DannyWalters_) July 31, 2014
RIP Kenny Ireland. Very sad news x pic.twitter.com/4TCRy0jbI7— Asa Elliott (@AsaElliott) July 31, 2014
Fare forward Kenny Ireland RIP.Exquisite actor and a gentle man.I shall always be grateful for his kind and sound advice.— Hugh Sachs (@HughSachs) July 31, 2014
Rest in Peace Kenny Ireland. My love goes out to his family & closest, during this sad time. http://t.co/qHlh72RTEi xx— Philip Olivier (@officialolivier) July 31, 2014
'Benidorm' is due to return to screens for a new series in 2015.