Monday, 6 April 2020

Star, 68, passes away 'due to complications arising from COVID-19'

Aliens' actor Jay Benedict has sadly passed away aged 68 from coronavirus.

His official website announced the tragic news on Saturday, writing: 'It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection.'

The actor who played Russ Jordan in Aliens and starred in The Dark Knight Rises, was also well known for playing John Kieffer, the US Army officer and friend of Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War.  

He was married to actress Phoebe Scholfield and together they ran Sync or Swim, a company providing post-production ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) services to the film and television industry. 

According to his website, recent projects have included Downton Abbey, Dickensian, Call the Midwife and Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands. 

Jay and Phoebe had two sons together, Leopold and Freddie and Jay also had a daughter called Alexis from a previous marriage. 
 


Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle, 69, paid tribute to Jay on Twitter on Sunday, writing: 'Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed. 

'Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim #COVID19.' 

John Challis, 77, best known for playing Aubrey 'Boycie' Boyce in Only Fools And Horses also took to Twitter to play tribute. 





MailOnline

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