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EastEnders' Bill Treacher dead: Arthur Fowler actor dies after 'health decline'

EASTENDERS legend Bill Treacher, who played Arthur Foweler in the hit-BBC soap, has died aged 92, his family has revealed.  

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Bill, who appeared in the beloved British programme from 1985 until 1996, died on Saturday night after a period of 'declining health'. 

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A statement from his devastated family pays tribute to the "wonderful husband and father" and the "very fine human being". 

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It reads: "The family of the actor Bill Treacher are sad to announce that Bill died late Saturday night, 5 November 2022. 

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"He was 92 years old and his health had been declining for some time. He was much loved by his wife, Kate, his son, Jamie and his daughter, Sophie. 

"Bill was a brilliant actor and a wonderful husband and father, plus a very fine human being. He will be hugely missed. 

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Picture: BBC

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"The family respectfully request privacy at this time." 

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A spokesperson for BBC's EastEnders said: "It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Bill Treacher. 

"As one of our original cast members, Bill created a much-loved character in Arthur Fowler and, alongside Wendy Richard, they created an iconic family in the Fowlers who still remain at the heart of the show. 

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"Bill left EastEnders in 1996, so it is a true testament to both he and the character that he created in Arthur that he is still thought of so fondly. 

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"Bill will always be remembered for his charm, sense of humour – with a smile that lit up the room – and more importantly as a family man who was devoted to his wife and children. 

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"Bill will forever be held in great affection by everyone at EastEnders and all those that loved watching him. Rest in peace Bill and thank you for the memories." 

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