Kate Beckinsale pens emotional tribute to Porridge star father Richard

Richard Beckinsale passed away at the age of 31 on March 19, 1979. Source: Getty.

It has been 40 years since Porridge star Richard Beckinsale passed away after suffering a heart attack whilst sleeping and daughter Kate led tributes to the star, marking the significant anniversary on Tuesday.

The 45-year-old actress paid tribute to her late father on social media, sharing a series of sweet childhood photos as well as several snaps from his most iconic TV roles in the likes of BBC sitcom Porridge and Rising Damp.

Underworld star Kate, who was just five when her dad died wrote on Instagram: “40 years is a lot of missing. Thank you so much to everyone who has been kind. Lots of love xx #march19

Beckinsale, who shot to fame alongside the likes of Ronnie Barker, Frances de la Tour and David Jason, passed away at the age of 31 on March 19, 1979.

Leaving behind daughters Kate and Samantha, and wife Judy Loe, Beckinsale died as a result of a heart attack, which was later revealed to be a congenital defect.

Kate’s tribute was met by an outpouring of praise from fans of the 1970s television legend, with one writing: “He was a great actor and part of my childhood TV as a child…I remember my Grandad laughing and I’d just watch his face, bewildered but…watching them now my Grandad has died really brings back a flourish of memories of that time…like a song you heard brings back those hidden gems. Respect to your Dad.”

Another said: “What a great actor great person and by the evidence a great dad. Respected and missed but celebrated.”

A third wrote: “40 years is a very long time. Every time I think of somebody I have lost, I think of the good times which gets me through every day. My mum loved your dads work on TV especially in Rising Damp which she introduced me to. I am going to watch some porridge tonight because i love him in that. Took away far too soon. Think of the positive things.”

Were you a fan of Porridge? Do you remember watching Richard Beckinsale on television?

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