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Disgraced children’s TV star, Rolf Harris dies aged 93

Rolf Harris, a once beloved entertainer and convicted sex offender, has passed away at the age of 93.

The news of the Australian-born artist’s death, who had a successful career in entertainment before his conviction in 2014, was confirmed by a registrar at Maidenhead Town Hall, according to the PA news agency.

It is reported that Harris succumbed to neck cancer and had been receiving intensive care in his final days due to his deteriorating health.

A statement from the Harris family, released through their solicitors, reads: “This is to confirm that Rolf Harris recently died peacefully surrounded by family and friends and has now been laid to rest.”

Rolf Harris was a beloved TV presenter for many years until his conviction in June 2014 for a series of indecent assaults. These included assaults on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two teenage girls, and a prolonged abuse of his daughter’s friend over a period of 16 years.

Previously renowned as both an artist and musician, Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison after being found guilty of 12 assaults that occurred between 1968 and 1986.

In May 2017, Harris was acquitted of four unrelated historical sex offenses, which he had vehemently denied. Later that same year, one of his 12 indecent assault convictions was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Harris was released on license from HMP Stafford on May 19, 2017, less than three years after his sentence had begun. His arrest and conviction were notable within the high-profile sex crime investigation Operation Yewtree, marking a significant downfall for a prominent public figure.

Following his conviction, Harris had his 2012 Bafta fellowship revoked and was stripped of his CBE. Additionally, his Australian honors were also rescinded. Harris had been awarded an MBE in the 1960s, followed by an OBE a decade later, and finally a CBE in 2006, a year after he painted the portrait for the late Queen’s 80th birthday.

In his later years, Rolf Harris resided in Bray, Berkshire with his wife, Alwen, who is reportedly suffering from an illness, believed to be dementia, and is bedridden.

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