The Professionals star dies

Last updated 07:12 29/11/2013

Lewis Collins, who played Bodie, in a scene from the British show The Professionals.

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Lewis Collins, a star from the hit British seventies show The Professionals, has died aged 67.

He had been battling cancer.

His agent told the BBC: "He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time."

The Professionals revolved around the exploits of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5.

The programme ran between 1977 and 1983, for 57 episodes.

Collins' character Bodie was the muscle of the three man team, specialising in weaponry, martial arts and advanced driving.

He starred alongside Martin Shaw and Gordon Jackson.

Shaw paid tribute to his former colleague: "We spent a very tough four years together in making the Professionals, and shared in the production of what has become an icon of British television.

"He will be remembered as part of the childhood of so many people, and mourned by his fans. I send my love and condolences to his family, and the great many who will miss him," he told the BBC.

Collins leaves behind his wife, Michelle, and three sons.

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