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Till Death Us Do Part and Coronation Street star Tony Booth dies aged 85

Veteran actor who played “Scouse Git” Mike in the 1960’s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part and father in law to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has died. Anthony Booth died on Monday 25th September at the age of 85, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004, and suffered a stroke six years later.

He has also suffered from chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A statement released on behalf of his wife Steph Booth said: “It is with sadness we announce the death of Antony Booth, actor and political campaigner.

“Tony passed away late last night with close family members in attendance.

Anthony Booth was born in 1931 to a working class Liverpudlian family although he lived for a short spell in Bury and then spent many of his later years in the Tameside village of Broadbottom. He was one of the most colorful and entertaining actors of his generation.

The actor is also well known for his role in Coronation Street and Till Death us do part. The popular sitcom aired on the BBC for 10 years from 1965-75.

During his lifetime, booth was known for his political activism was an open critic of Tony Blair during his time as Prime Minister. The Actor, who joined the Labor Party at the age of 15, railed against “androids” at Labor’s Millbank HQ in 1999 and a year later said his daughter’s husband had stuffed the House of Lords with “Tony’s Cronies”. He also criticized the Blairs for choosing to send their eldest son to the selective and grant-maintained London Oratory School.

Tony Booth was married four times and fathered nine daughters including Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“The family has asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.”

 

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