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Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies after long battle with dementia

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Andrew Sachs, the actor famous for his role in the series Fawlty Towers, has died.

He had been suffering dementia for several years and passed away in a care home last week.

He was 86.

Sachs was best-known for playing bumbling Spanish waiter Manuel in the iconic BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA.

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He was also a well-known voice on the radio, and narrated several classics including 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.

In 2009, he returned to TV with a stint on Coronation Street as Ramsay Clegg the long-lost brother of busybody Norris Cole.

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It came a year after Sachs was caught up in a row over a prank played on him by Russell Brand on Jonathan Ross on Brand's radio show.

The pair lewd explicit messages on Sachs' voicemail in which Brand claimed to have had sex with his granddaughter.

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Brand later resigned and Ross was suspended by the BBC.

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Sachs was born in Berlin but his father was Jewish and the family left Germany in 1938 to escape the Nazis.

They settled in North London where he lived for the rest of his life.

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