British actor Christopher Cazenove, best known for his role in the glitzy 1980s American television series Dynasty, has died after losing a battle against blood poisoning. He was 64.
“Christopher died peacefully on April 7 surrounded by his loved ones having contracted septicaemia at the end of February,” said his family and girlfriend in a statement released through agent Lesley Duff.
“Despite a valiant fight and the untiring efforts of the wonderful team at St Thomas’s [Hospital in London], he was overwhelmed.
“All who knew and loved him will be devastated by the loss of this incredible man who touched so many lives.”
Septicaemia is a bacterial infection of the blood, known commonly as blood poisoning.
Cazenove starred in a string of films and TV shows during his career but will be best remembered for his role on Dynasty.
The soap opera, which began in 1981, chronicled the story a wealthy family in the oil business which was headed by powerful tycoon Blake Carrington.
Cazenove played Ben Carrington, Blake’s vengeful brother.
His stint on the show was brief but helped him become a household name.
He also played John Thatcher, the father of the late Heath Ledger’s character William Thatcher, in the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale.
Cazenove was born in Winchester, south-east England, and starred in a string of British TV shows before making an impact in the US with Dynasty.
He was married to British actress Angharad Rees for more than 20 years.