Veteran British character actor Peter Vaughan, who played the enigmatic Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones, has died aged 93.
Vaughan’s agent Sally Long-Innes says he died Tuesday, surrounded by his family.
Vaughan’s face — if not his name — was familiar to generations of television viewers in Britain and around the world. His best-known roles included criminal Harry Grout in 1970s prison sitcom “Porridge.”
Film appearances included The Naked Runner, opposite Frank Sinatra, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Like many British actors, he gained wider fame through HBO’s Game of Thrones. Vaughan played blind scholar Maester Aemon on the hit fantasy series.
Born Peter Ohm in the central England county of Shropshire, Vaughan was married first to the late actress Billie Whitelaw, and then to Lillias Walker, who survives him.
New Delhi: Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Minister of State Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a luxury hotel here Friday night, just a day after they claimed they were “happily married” despite an ugly public row.
Police sources told IANS that Pushkar, who married Tharoor in August 2010, was found sprawled on a bed in room 345 at The Leela Palace hotel in south Delhi.
She had reportedly checked into the hotel Thursday night.
On Thursday, Tharoor and Pushkar issued a joint statement saying they were distressed by an “unseemly controversy” over some “unauthorized tweets” posted from their Twitter accounts and that both were “happily married and intend to remain that way”.
The statement claimed that “distorted accounts” of comments “allegedly made by Sunanda”, alleging an affair between her husband and a Pakistani journalist, had “led to some erroneous conclusions”.
“We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way.”
A Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, it was Thaoor’s third marriage to Pushakar and her second.
A scandal erupted Wednesday after tweets posted on Tharoor’s account reportedly spoke of his love to the Pakistani journalist, “Mehr Tarar” Contributor of “Daily Times Newspaper Of Pakistan”, who denied she was having an affair with the Indian minister.
Pushkar initially threatened to divorce Tharoor, who then tweeted that his twitter account had been hacked and would be offline for sometime.
But a furious Pushkar told a newspaper that Mehr could be a Pakistani spy and that she was stalking Tharoor.
Also she told the Economic Times,
“And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention.”
“I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can’t tolerate this. I have nothing more to say,”
Tarar threatened to file a defamation suit against Pushkar for calling her a Pakistani intelligence agent.
She also trashed Pushkar, saying her conduct was “nauseous”.