Actor Simon MacCorkindale dies in wife’s arms at 58

BRITISH actor Simon MacCorkindale, who starred in Death on the Nile and in the BBC TV series Casualty, has died at 58 after a battle with cancer.

His publicist Max Clifford said he died in the arms of his wife, actress Susan George  at the London Clinic on Thursday.

Sky News quoted Ms George as saying: “No-one could have fought this disease any harder than he did since being diagnosed four years ago.

“He fought it with such strength, courage and belief.

“Last night, he lost this battle, and he died peacefully in my arms.

“To me, he was simply the best of everything, and I loved him with all my heart. He will live on in me forever.”

MacCorkindale, who was born February 12, 1952 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, attended drama school and scored his major breakthrough in film in the all-star whodunit Death on the Nile in 1978.

Two years later he moved to the US, and was eventually cast in the lead role of the television series “animal.”He also appeared on two seasons of Falcon Crest.

He later moved back to the U. and joined the cast of the medical drama Casualty in 2002, playing clinical lead consultant Dr Harry Harper.

MacCorkindale and the English-born George, whose name was once linked to Prince Charles, met in 1977 and married in 1984. He was previously married to actress Fiona Fullerton.

MacCorkindale was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2006. He revealed last year that it was terminal.

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