Tuesday 21 May 1996
Pertwee, whose acting career spanned 60 years and included radio's long-running comedy series The Navy Lark, with Leslie Phillips, was found dead in bed by his German-born second wife Ingeborg. He had no history of health problems and had worked 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. Ironically his death comes as the cult science fiction series is about to take off again with a feature-film length television special on Bank Holiday Monday, with Paul McGann as the latest Doctor
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