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EastEnders actor John Bardon passes away at 75

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John Bardon

, best known for playing

Jim Branning



, has

passed away at the age of 75

. On Friday, a statement was released via the BBC show's website that read: "Everyone at



absolutely heartbroken

to learn that John has sadly passed away.

John Bardon - Jim Branning - has passed away at the age of 75


bravery, dignity and courage in battling against the devastating effects of his stroke

were admired by all who had the privilege of working with him."Our love and deepest sympathies are extended to Enda, his truly wonderful wife, at this very sad time. May he now rest in peace."Tonight's episode of


is dedicated to John, who will be sorely missed by all those who knew and worked with him."

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John Bardon pictured with his onscreen wife Dot, played by June Brown
June Brown

, who played John's onscreen wife


, said of the news, "

I shall miss him very much as I loved him dearly

. My thoughts are with his devoted wife Enda."

Natalie Cassidy

, who plays Sonia in the soap, said, "I never had a real granddad so

John was like an actual granddad to me

. He was a lovely man and I learnt a lot from him."John suffered a debilitating stroke seven years ago and was forced to drastically reduce his


appearances. His illness was reflected in the soap and he was last seen on screen in May 2011.

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