British soap actor CLIVE HORNBY has died at the age of 63, after a battle with ill health.
Hornby played Jack Sugden in popular show Emmerdale for 28 years.
He has not appeared on the ITV network programme for three months, because of an unknown illness, and died on Thursday (03Jul08).
Emmerdale producer Anita Turner says, "This is a devastating loss and we are all deeply saddened.
"Clive will be greatly missed by everyone who has worked with him on Emmerdale during the past 28 years.
"He was a hugely popular and well-respected member of cast and a terrific actor. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."