Mike Reid dry-slapped into the big car lot in the sky

Frank Butcher

Former EastEnders actor Mike Reid has died at the age of 67 after suffering a heart attack, his agent said.

The actor, who played Frank Butcher in the BBC soap, was living in Spain at the time of his death.

Mr Reid started out as a stand-up comedian in clubs and on cruise liners, before appearing in TV shows including Steptoe and Son, Doctor Who and Minder.

His agent David Hahn told the BBC that Mr Reid had been feeling very well in the past few weeks.

He said: “Mike was in fine fettle form. In fact only a couple of weeks ago we were having dinner over here.

“Mike that particular day went to see his consultant and had a full medical – and they gave him a clean bill of health.”

Ex-EastEnders star Mike Reid dies (BBC)

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