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A sci-fi legend has passed away. Gareth Thomas, Roj Blake in Blake’s 7, has died at the age of 71.

He starred in many other TV shows and numerous stage productions, but it was Blake’s 7 that many people will remember him from.

News of his death was announced on the show’s fan club website, with a statement confirming that the Welsh-born actor passed away on Wednesday.

‘It is with deep sadness that we have to announced that Gareth Thomas passed away this morning, 13th April 2016, from heart failure,’ the statement said.

Thomas trained at RADA and was twice nominated for a BAFTA for his performances in Stocker’s Copper (BBC Play for Today) (1972) and Morgan’s Boy (1984).

Thomas made his TV debut in 1965 and appeared in a string of shows – including The Avengers, Coronation Street and Z-Cars, as well as kids’ drama Children of The Stones – before being cast in Blake’s 7 in 1978

Some of his other television appearances included Special Branch, Sutherland’s Law, Public Eye, Who Pays the Ferryman?, Bergerac, By the Sword Divided, The Citadel, Knights of God, Boon, London’s Burning, Casualty, Taggart, Heartbeat, Sherlock Holmes, How Green Was My Valley, Torchwood and Midsomer Murders.

His appearances on stage include RSC productions of Twelfth Night, Othello and Anna Christie; English Shakespeare Company productions of Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2 and Henry V; and King Lear, Educating Rita, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Crucible, Equus and Déjà Vu. In 2010 Thomas gave an acclaimed performance as Ephraim Cabot in Desire Under the Elms at the New Vic Theatre.

He is survived by his wife, Linda.

Source: Metro, Wiki

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