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Widow of Norfolk actor Sir John Hurt says it will be a ‘strange world’ without him following his death

PUBLISHED: 17:06 29 January 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 30 January 2017

Pantomime press night, Norwich Theatre Royal, on December 20, 2012.
Anwen Hurt, John Hurt.
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Pantomime press night, Norwich Theatre Royal, on December 20, 2012. Anwen Hurt, John Hurt. For EDP Norfolk EDP pics © 2012 (01603) 772434

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The widow of Norfolk actor Sir John Hurt said it will be a “strange world” without him following his death.

Anwen Hurt said the 77-year-old star died at his home in north Norfolk on Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

She described the Oscar-nominated actor as the “most gentlemanly of gentlemen”, as it was revealed he spent the last years of his life working on a number of films.

In a statement, she said: “It is with deep sadness that I have to confirm that my husband, John Vincent Hurt, died on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at home in Norfolk.

“John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him.”

Sir John will return to screens as Ralph, a successful screenwriter who is facing terminal illness in That Good Night, which takes its name from the poem by Dylan Thomas Do Not Go Gentle in to That Good Night.

He had completed filming for the role, described as “poignant” by producers, months before his death as he continued to work at a prodigious rate.

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