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Monday, May 4, 1998 Published at 21:45 GMT 22:45 UK


Axed TV star Tosh dies
image: [ Kevin Lloyd as Tosh in the television police drama The Bill ]
Kevin Lloyd as Tosh in the television police drama The Bill

Kevin Lloyd, who played Detective Tosh Lines in ITV police drama The Bill, has died.

Mr Lloyd, 49, collapsed after drinking in a Staffordshire pub on Saturday afternoon, and died later in hospital.

News of his death was confirmed by staff at The Bill, who were told by Mr Lloyd's partner Rita Hudson.

Mr Lloyd was sacked from the show last Monday because of his drinking habit. He was being treated for alcoholism at a clinic in Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire.

'Financial difficulties'

A clinic spokesman said: "Mr Kevin Lloyd was admitted to the Dove Clinic last Tuesday for treatment, under the supervision of his consultant.

"Despite all efforts Mr Lloyd failed to respond to clinical inputs and was in the process of being discharged."

The spokesman added: "Tragically on Saturday Mr Lloyd fell into unconsciousness after drinking alcohol and staff were unable to resuscitate [him].

"Mr Lloyd was taken by ambulance to Burton Queen's Hospital late on Saturday afternoon but failed to recover."

Mr Lloyd was a father of seven children, who are in the care of his estranged wife Lesley. Recent reports say he and his wife were heading for financial difficulties, which were exacerbated by him losing his job.

Colleague's tribute

Actor Billy Murray, who plays Detective Sergeant Don Beech in The Bill, paid tribute to Mr Lloyd.

"I am sure I speak on behalf of the rest of the cast and for everyone at The Bill - the crew, the writers, the producers, the editors - when I say that we are all shocked and saddened by this.

"Everybody loved Kevin. We were all sad when he was dismissed, but it was inevitable. It had been on the cards for over a year.

"His close friends had all tried to talk some sense into him, but he was in denial."

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