EastEnders Arthur Fowler star Bill Treacher dies after declining health
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EastEnders star Bill Treacher, who played the legendary role of Arthur Fowler in the long-standing show, has died aged 92.
The veteran soap star was one of the original cast members of the BBC soap and appeared on the show from 1985 to 1996.
It is understood the beloved actor passed away late on Saturday night after suffering with "declining health" for some time.
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In a joint statement shared on by his agents on their social media accounts, his family announced: "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.
"The family respectfully request privacy at this time," it concluded.
Treacher appeared in EastEnders until 1996, when his troubled character was locked away in prison for a crime that he didn't 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.
The loveable character later died in hospital, leaving the Fowler family utterly heartbroken.
After his character was killed off, Treacher had roles in The Bill, Casualty, and films such as The Musketeer (2001), Tale Of The Mummy (1998) and George And The Dragon (2004).
A spokeswoman for EastEnders has since shared a touching tribute to the late actor following the news of his death.
They 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.
"Bill will forever be held in great affection by everyone at EastEnders and all those that loved watching him. Rest in peace Bill and thank you for the memories."
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Fans have since flooded to Twitter to pass on their sympathies to the family as they reflected on the actor's huge impact he had on the BBC soap.
One user penned: "RIP Bill Treacher! A true legend and icon who bought so much to EastEnders as Arthur Fowler! You will be sorely missed #EastEnders #BillTreacher #RIPBillTreacher."
Another agreed: "One of the best characters on the show and British TV as a whole. Rest In Peace Bill. Best Wishes to those who knew him [heart emoji] #BillTreacher #EastEnders."
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