Sir Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

The actor died on Sunday, according to sources close to his family

Helen Nianias,Adam Withnall
Friday 12 June 2015 09:22 BST
Christopher Lee will be honoured with a BFI fellowship
Christopher Lee will be honoured with a BFI fellowship

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The actor died in hospital at 8.30am on Sunday

• He was suffering respiratory problems and heart failure

• He celebrated his 93rd birthday in hospital

• His wife chose to delay the announcement to inform family

• Veteran star was best known for roles in Dracula, the Wicker Man and Lord of the Rings

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Sir Christopher passed away in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, on Sunday after being treated for respiratory problems.

The actor made his name playing Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, as well as Scaramanga in classic Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun.

Lee was knighted in 2009 for services to acting, but also branched out into music in his later life, most notably with the symphonic metal album Charlemagne.

The Telegraph report that Lady Lee delayed the public announcement until she had told the family.

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