British TV Star and actor Dennis Waterman, whose career spanned 60 years has died in Spain aged 74.
His family released a press statement saying that he died yesterday, Sunday 8th May in hospital after a short illness.
The star who was famous for his 70s and 80s performances on the hit BBC shows The Sweeney and Minder spent his retirement in La Manga Club in Murcia.
Waterman died with his wife Pam by his side, according to the family statement which said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain. The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”
Before his death, Waterman told the UK’s Daily Mirror that after retiring from his last show New Tricks he moved to live in Spain, saying “ I’m not rushing about looking for work really – I’ll see how far the money goes.”
He added that he surprised himself at how well he took to enjoying early retirement: “I’ve found out a remarkable thing about myself is that I’m really, really good at doing f***-all. I’ve always sneered at people who have gone into early retirement and thought what you are going to do, but I’ve taken to it like a duck to water.”