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Bill Maynard dead: Heartbeat star who played Claude Greengrass dead aged 89

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Bill Maynard’s family have confirmed the sad news that he has passed
away at the 89.

The star was known for playing Claude Greengrass in much-loved show Heartbeat.

Bill's family confirmed that he had passed away in a hospital in Leicestershire.

Bill – who's real name is Walter Williams – recently broke his hip
after falling off his mobility scooter.

Bill's daughter-in-law Jacqueline Reddin said: "He was larger than
life and he just loved showbiz.

"He was so proud of the fact that he had been working for 81 years.

"He leaves a son and daughter, five grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren."

Bill first appeared in Heartbeat as fan favourite character Greengrass
in the early 1990s, before leaving in 2000 after suffering a stroke.

He went on to star in the spin-off series The Royal until 2003.

His career also saw him act in films, with parts in the Carry On films
in the 1970s and Oh No, It’s Welwyn Froggitt.

Last year he appeared in drama The Moorside, which was based around
the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews, alongside other stars including
Sheridan Smith.
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