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FORMER Dr Who's last night paid tribute to actor Jon Pertwee, who has died aged 76 from a heart attack while on holiday with his wife and friends.

The actor played the cult Time Lord for four years during the 1970s and went on to appear as children's character Worsel Gummidge for nearly a decade.

Dr Who number four, Tom Baker, said: "I am very sorry to hear the news. I was a great admirere of such a stylish actor.

Another, Conn Baker, said he was "devastated".

"He was a man of such presence and stature. I can't believe he has gone — it is a great shock. Of all of the interpretations of the Doctor his was the most straight in terms of avoiding comedy."

Pertwee, whose acting career spanned 60 years was found dead in bed by his German-born second wife Ingeborg yesterday.

He had no history of health problems and had nicked right up until the end of his life.

He was using the holiday in Connecticut to take a break from his popular one man tour of Britain which he was due to resume on Thursday.


Jon Pertwee, dead at 76

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