John Forgeham: Footballers' Wives and The Italian Job actor dies in fall at home

Francesca Gillett
Actor John Forgeham has died at the age of 75: PA

Actor John Forgeham who starred in Footballers Wives and the Italian Job has died after falling out of bed and breaking his collarbone.

The star, who was best-known for his role as the fictional football team's chairman Frank Laslett in the ITV drama, died on Friday afternoon from an internal bleed aged 75.

According to the Daily Mirror, his daughter Jonesta Forgeham said: "Dad was a very talented actor and a charismatic and wonderful man.

"He would want to be remembered as this wonderful actor. He lived and breathed acting."

He died from an internal bleed after falling out of bed. (PA)

She said of his accident: "It is still very raw. It is a shock because he died suddenly. We're all in shock.

"He had a fall on Wednesday night and called me on Friday morning to say he wasn't very well.

"He was rushed to hospital and he had some sort of burst inside - something ruptured. There was blood everywhere."

Mr Forgeham appeared in The Italian Job, Crossroads and Mean Machine, but much of his work dried up following Footballers' Wives, which ran from 2002 to 2004.

Jonesta, 45, said: "He hasn't been doing much since Footballers' Wives. He fell into depression as he didn't get much work.

"He got very depressed. He stared at a wall for four years.

"He had psychotic tendencies and was put under section. He spent a year in a mental institution.

"When he came out, social services dumped him back in his house and they left him there to rot.

"He wasn't paying his mortgage because he was ill and they were going to repossess his house.

"They sold his house and put the money in the bank because he wasn't mentally fit and he moved to an old people's home.

"Then all of a sudden, he snapped out of it about a year ago and he was moved into a flat."

The actor, who was born in Kidderminster, also had a son, Jason, and was a grandfather-of-five.

Reporting by Press Association.

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