It’s been announced that former EastEnders star Mike Reid has died aged 67.
His agent has announced the actor suffered a heart attack at his home in Spain.
Mr Reid played car dealer and publican Frank Butcher who was married to Pat and later Peggy Mitchell. His character first appeared in 1987 and returned to the show in 2005 for his onscreen daughter’s trial.
Pam St Clement , who played his screen wife, Pat, said: “It has come as a terrible shock – somebody larger than life as Mike was in person and character – he seemed indestructible.”
Rising to fame as one of the resident joke-tellers in The Comedians he later had his own BBC 2 comedy show ‘The Mike Reid Show’.
He also featured in a number of live stage appearances which were released on DVD.
Between 1975 and 1977 he hosted the children’s show ‘Runaround’. Earlier this year Mr Reid appeared in ITV’s crime drama The Bill.
John Yorke, controller of BBC drama series said: “Albert Square, and
British television, will be a far poorer place without him.”