English actor Simon MacCorkindale died of bowel cancer

Simon MacCorkindale in his younger, more rugged days

British actor Simon MacCorkindale died of bowel cancer at the age of 58 in 2010. In 2006 he was diagnosed with a treatable form of bowel cancer but it became terminal when secondary tumors were discovered in his lungs a year later.

His acting career began in theatre and it was in the late 1970s that he moved onto the big screen, starring in Death On The Nile(1978), Quatermass(1979)and Jaws-3D(1983), amongst others.

During the 1980s he moved into television work where he starred in the hugely disappointing and utterly unsuccessful Manimalas Dr. Jonathon Chase, a young and wealthy doctor who could transform into animals. The show was panned before the end of the first season due to poor ratings and low audiences.

Later in his career he joined British hospital drama Casualty, playing Dr. Harry Harper, a role which he held for six years.

Simon MacCorkindale in Casualty

Simon MacCorkindale in Casualty

He died at his home in the arms of his wife Susan George.

The morning after his passing she conducted an interview with the BBC in which she told the public, “No one could have fought this disease any harder than he did since being diagnosed four years ago.”

He fought it with such strength, courage and belief. Last night, he lost his battle, and he died peacefully in my arms.”

To me, he was simply the best of everything and I loved him with all my heart. He will live on in me forever.”