Strictlys Les Dennis in moving message to Bill Kenwrights family after he dies

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Les Dennis has paid tribute to Bill Kenwright after the star sadly died aged 78.

The 70-year-old Strictly Come Dancing star took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share a poignant message to the theatre producer’s family.

He penned: “So very sad to hear this. Bill was a true pioneer. Thoughts with Jenny and his family.

“Theatre producer and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has died aged 78.”

The pair starred on the same Theatre special episode of Pointless back in 2014, with Les playing with fellow actor Warwick Davis and Bill appearing alongside his wife Jenny Seagrove.

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Bill sadly died just weeks after he returned home having undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from his liver.

He and long-term partner Jenny have been together for close to three decades, after they began dating in 1994.

Jenny paid tribute to the late Everton chairman with a heartbreaking post on X this afternoon.

She told her 7,584 followers: “I lost my darling Bill last night.”

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The post showed a picture of Bill looking thoughtful as he rested his chin on his hand.

Bill was admitted to intensive care following complications during surgery earlier this month.

He revealed in April that he had been diagnosed in 2015 with a “chronic illness” that would likely worsen.

Les isn’t the only star to pay tribute to the former Coronation Street actor as the messages continue to pour in.

Tony Blackburn wrote on X: “So sorry hear Bill Kenwright has passed away. He gave me my first Panto years ago and was a lovely guy.

“So sorry to hear he’s no longer with us, a sad loss to theatre. R.I.P Bill.”

Jason Manford penned: “Saddened to hear Bill Kenwright has died. Met up with him several times over the years as we attempted to work together so very sad that will now never happen.

“Was always funny and honest and with a deep love for theatre and football. Will be sadly missed,” he expressed.

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