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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

CAUSE OF DEATH: Top UK journalists confirm, EastEnders actor, Bill Treacher, has died

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Top UK journalists confirm, EastEnders actor, Bill Treacher, has died.

“The family respectfully request privacy at this time.”

Treacher was married to Australian actor Katherine Kessey, with whom he shared two children, and they were longstanding residents of Suffolk.

In 2015, he said he was suffering from ataxia, a disorder that can affect coordination, balance and speech.

Treacher appeared in EastEnders until 1996, when his troubled character was in prison for a crime he did not commit.

After receiving a blow to his head during a violent fracas, he was released but later suffered a brain haemorrhage at his beloved allotment.

He died in hospital, leaving the Fowler family heartbroken. After his character was killed off, Treacher had roles in The Bill and Casualty, and films such as The Musketeer (2001), Tale Of The Mummy (1998), and George And The Dragon (2004).

A spokeswoman for EastEnders said: “It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Bill Treacher.

“As one of our original cast members, Bill created a much-loved character in Arthur Fowler and, alongside Wendy Richard, they created an iconic family in the Fowlers who still remain at the heart of the show.

“Bill left EastEnders in 1996, so it is a true testament to both he and the character that he created in Arthur that he is still thought of so fondly.

“Bill will always be remembered for his charm, sense of humour – with a smile that lit up the room – and more importantly as a family man who was devoted to his wife and children.

Mr Treacher died late on Saturday night after suffering declining health for some time, his family said.

A statement from his family said: "The family of the actor Bill Treacher are sad to announce that Bill died late Saturday night, 5 November 2022.

"He was 92 years old and his health had been declining for some time. He was much loved by his wife, Kate, his son, Jamie and his daughter, Sophie.

"Bill was a brilliant actor and a wonderful husband and father, plus a very fine human being. He will be hugely missed.

Mr Treacher was married to Australian actress Katherine Kessey and the couple had two children.

In 2015, he said he had been diagnosed with ataxia, a disorder which can affect co-ordination, balance and speech. Former cast members paid tribute to the star, with Gillian Taylforth who played Kathy Beale in EastEnders, saying: "I have so many happy memories of Bill, in fact we were only sharing stories of him at work the other day, about how he always had a sparkle in his eyes, usually before he mischievously set us off laughing during scenes.

"Bill was a wonderful, wonderful man who will be truly missed and I am sending all our love to his wife Kate and his family."

Letitia Dean, another original cast member who played Sharon Watts, said: "Bill really was the life and soul of the set, he was an absolute joy to be around and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.

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