Sunday, May 2, 1999 Published at 19:33 GMT 20:33 UK
Actor Oliver Reed dies
Oliver Reed with his wife Josephine
Actor Oliver Reed has died suddenly in Malta after being taken ill.
He was taken ill while having a drink with friends and died on his way to St Luke's Hospital, two miles from Valletta, police said.
A Malta police spokesman said: "He was in a pub called The Pub in Archbishop Street, Valletta, at 1430 our time when he was taken ill.
"They called an ambulance about five minutes later and 10 minutes after that he died on the way to hospital."
He said there would be a post-mortem examination on Monday but there was not thought to be anything suspicious about the death.
Born in Wimbledon, south-west London, Reed reached his acting peak in the 1960s and 1970s in films such as Oliver!, Women in Love, The Jokers and The Devils.
He was seen as one of the brightest prospects of the British film industry, but his later career was overshadowed by his reputation for drunken behaviour.
Variety of jobs
Robert Oliver Reed was born in Wimbledon, the nephew of film director Carol Reed. He went from school into the Army for National Service, and then to a variety of jobs before becoming an actor without any formal training.
A series of small roles in Hammer horror films led to the screen version of Oliver!.
Ken Russell provided him with some memorable roles in Women in Love and The Devils in the cinema, and as Debussy in a BBC television programme.
In 1991 his appearance on a live programme on Channel 4 led the Broadcasting Standards Council to urge producers to use firm action when necessary to eject abusive guests.
He married twice and leaves two children.