Simon MacCorkindale has died:
His publicist, Max Clifford, said he died in the arms of his wife, actress Susan George, on Thursday night in a London Clinic.
The actor revealed last year he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2006, but was told it was terminal after it spread to his lungs a year later.
He spent six years on the BBC medical drama as Dr Harry Harper.
He was also known for starring in 1980s series Manimal and Falcon Crest and appearing in the 1978 Agatha Christie film Death on the Nile.
Ms George said: “No-one could have fought this disease any harder than he did since being diagnosed four years ago.
“He fought it with such strength, courage and belief. Last night, he lost this battle, and he died peacefully in my arms.
“To me, he was simply the best of everything, and I loved him with all my heart. He will live on in me forever.”
That’s quite the résumé, and yet I recall MacCorkindale from the overlooked television series Counterstrike. Yeah, that’s right. That one. Yeah … that one.
Raise the glass. Thanks, Simon.