Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Gorden Kaye: 1941-2017

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye has tragically died aged 75 in a care home.

The star's agent confirmed he had died today but made no further comment.

The actor - who is best known for his role as Rene Artois in the British TV comedy - leaves behind an impressive legacy and career.

He appeared in all 84 episodes of the show for a decade until 1992, and reprised the role 1,2000 times in the stage adaptation...

Daily Mirror.

In early 1989, Gorden heard the News Of The World were going to out him via a story sold to them by a rent boy. He had been tipped off by a journalist from The People who said they should run a spoiler the same day.

Suspicious of their motives and aim, he approached the Daily Mirror who ran a sympathetic coming out interview which nixed them.

The NOTW ran the rent boy story anyway and ran a readers' phone-in poll asking if the BBC should resign from 'Allo 'Allo - inspired by a comment from Geoffrey Dickens, the insanely homophobic Tory MP who began the ridiculous rumours of a 'VIP paedophile ring' and a prime mover behind Section 28. Readers wanted him to stay, by 10 to one.

The following year Kaye was hospitalised following a car crash. Two reporters from the Sunday Sport snuck into the hospital disguised as doctors.

And that, my friends, is how the British tabloid press works.

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