Ventriloquist Otto Petersen has died at the age of 53.
The entertainer passed away on Sunday (13Apr14) at his home in Keyport, New Jersey, according to the New York Times.
Petersen appeared with his wooden puppet George Dudley on several Tv shows including the Late Show with David Letterman and The Howard Stern Show.
He was also featured in the comedy concert film Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen with Chris Rock and Tim Allen.
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.