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Peter O’Toole dies aged 81 at London’s Wellington Hospital

Acting giant Peter O'Toole died aged 81. Picture: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Acting giant Peter O'Toole died aged 81. Picture: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Sunday, December 15, 2013
7:25 PM

Oscar-winning actor Peter O’Toole has died at The Wellington Hospital in London at the age of 81.

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Peter O'Toole during a Hand and Footprints Ceremony in Hollywood in April 2011. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesPeter O'Toole during a Hand and Footprints Ceremony in Hollywood in April 2011. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

The Lawrence of Arabia actor, who received an honourary Academy Award in 2003 for his work, died at north London hospital yesterday following a long illness, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed.

He said: “He was one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field.”

O’Toole’s daughter, actress Kate O’Toole, said: “His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts,”

“In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished.

Peter O'Toole leaving his indelible mark at the ceremony. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesPeter O'Toole leaving his indelible mark at the ceremony. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

“We will be happy to speak to you all then but in the meantime if you could give Peter O’Toole the respect he deserves and allow us to grieve privately we’d appreciate it.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said his thoughts were with O’Toole’s family and friends.

“His performance in my favourite film, Lawrence of Arabia, was stunning,” he said.

And comedian Stephen Fry said: “Oh what terrible news. Farewell Peter O’Toole. I had the honour of directing him in a scene. Monster, scholar, lover of life, genius.”

Actress Sheridan Smith tweeted: “So sad about the death of the incredible Peter O Toole :( He saw a play I did last year & sent me & all the cast presents after. A true gent!”

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