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Actor Jay Benedict, best known for his roles in 1986’s “Aliens,” 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and the U.K. TV series “Emmerdale,” has died at 68  from the coronavirus.

Jay Benedict

The news of his death was announced on his official website. The statement posted on his website said: “It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection.”


Benedict played Newt’s father in “Aliens” and Rich Twit in “The Dark Knight Rises.” He took on the role of Doug Hamilton in the long-running series “Emmerdale,” which has been airing in the U.K. since 1972. He appeared on the show in the late ’90s.

During a career in entertainment spanning more than 40 years, he also appeared in UK TV favorites including The Bill, Jonathan Creek, Casualty and Foyle’s War.

He leaves behind his wife, Phoebe Scholfield, and sons Freddie and Leopold.

By: Dammy Eneli

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