Sad news came from Richard Franklin, who starred in many projects such as 'Doctor Who' and 'Emmerdale'. It was learned that Franklin passed away at the age of 87.

In a statement, it was announced that the famous actor passed away peacefully on Christmas Day morning and was struggling with a long-term illness.

"WE KNOW HIS LEGACY WILL BE LASTING"

A spokesperson for Richard Franklin said: "We are deeply saddened by his passing. We will remember him fondly for his generosity, creative spirit and wonderful storytelling."

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"Outside the family, he is also remembered for his long-running television and theater career, where he delighted audiences of all ages. This brought him great joy and we know his legacy will endure."

The family announced that details of the famous actor's funeral will be shared in due course.