Rainbow star Freddy Marks died at the age of 71 – just three months after his last TV appearance.
Freddy joined the cast on the children’s television show in 1979 and formed the popular trio Rod, Jane and Freddy, who sang on the show.
Freddy stayed until the show ended in 1990 – and also appeared on the spin-off show The Rod, Jane and Freddy Show.
He later married Jane.
His death was announced last night (May 27), but he actually died in a nursing home a week earlier.
What did Freddy von Rainbow die of?
Jane Tucker told the Daily Mail that Freddy was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January and that he only had a few months to live.
He was admitted to the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, Surrey, four days before his death.
Jane said, “My last words to him were ‘I love you’. But Freddy didn’t say anything back, he just had a gentle smile on his face as he always did.
“It was incredibly beautiful. I am totally devastated by his loss and it will be a long time before me and many other people in the country get over it, ”she added.
Jane paid tribute to the staff at the hospice and named them “angels.”
She also said she was in the hospice with Freddy “every minute” of his last four days.
Jane said, “I’ve been with him every minute of those four days. His death was a very peaceful and beautiful moment. “
How was his death announced?
A statement on a Rainbow Facebook page brought the sad news.
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“It is with a heavy heart that we are sad to say that” Freddy Marks “of Rod, Jane and Freddy sadly passed away yesterday,” it said.
“Freddy was a very talented and funny guy who always put a smile on everyone’s face.”
Our thoughts go to his wife, Jane Tucker, Rod Burton, and all of their friends and family at this difficult time. Freddy is very much missed.
The statement then mentioned Freddy’s co-stars – Jane, whom he married five years ago, and Rod Burton.
“Our thoughts go to his wife, Jane Tucker, Rod Burton, and all of their friends and family at this difficult time. Freddy will be missed very much. “
Jane revealed that she and Rod – who were previously married but separated amicably – mourned Freddy together.
She said he felt “very deeply” the loss of his buddy.
Who else paid tribute?
Thames TV, which made Rainbow, also paid tribute to the star.
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The tribute posted by a picture of the trio on Instagram read: “The sad news was announced today of the death of Freddy Marks from the classic children’s television show Rainbow’s Rod, Jane and Freddy.
“The popular trio then had their own 15-minute show, Rod, Jane and Freddy, which ran for 10 years in the 1980s.”
What else was Rainbow star Freddy in?
Before Freddy joined Rainbow, he had a very successful television career.
He has appeared in Z-Cars, The Professionals and The Sweeney.
He also appeared on the West End stage as Brad on the Rocky Horror Show.
However, Freddy’s last TV appearance was earlier this year.
In February he took part in Pointless Celebrities together with his wife Jane.
They have been in a relationship since 1985 and tied the knot in May 2016.
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