Monday, July 12, 1999 Published at 18:48 GMT 19:48 UK
Summer Wine star dies
Bill Owen as Compo: Fell ill while making a millennium special
Veteran actor Bill Owen - Compo in the BBC One comedy Last of The Summer Wine - has died.
The 85-year-old had stomach and bowel cancer and had been described as "very poorly" following surgery to remove tumours at a private hospital in north London.
He insisted on finishing the programme, but work on the 22nd series of the show has been suspended. His wife Kathie was at his bedside.
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