Emmerdale star Tony Haygarth has died aged 72

It has sadly been announced that Emmerdale actor Tony Haygarth has passed away at the age of 72.

Tony had enjoyed a bustling stage and screen career over the last 45 years, notably voicing Mr. Tweedy in 2000 animated film Chicken Run and playing Mick Naylor in Emmerdale between 2008 and 2009.

The star passed away over the weekend.

The star’s wife, Carole Winter, confirmed that Tony had died at his home in Kent over the weekend, sharing a photo on Twitter, Carole wrote: “Tony Haygarth: loving father to Katie & Becky, my greatest supporter, actor of extraordinary talent RIP 1945-2017.”

His daughter Becky added: “Rest in Peace my wonderful father. My hero, my friend, my ultimate inspiration.”

The star voiced Mr. Tweedy in award-winning Chicken Run.

The cause of Tony’s death has not been confirmed, but it was reported in 2014 that the actor had been diagnosed with alzheimer’s disease.

Upon hearing the news, many stars took to social media to pay tribute to the esteemed actor, with Les Dennis writing: “So very sad to hear the wonderful Tony Haygarth has died.”

Tony is a much-loved actor.

Blackadder star Sir. Tony Robinson added: “Haygarth, a gentle man, and a fine and subtle actor. So sad for his family. RIP.”

Yahoo Celeb have contacted Tony Haygarth’s agent for comment.