Gentle Touch actress Jill Gascoine dead: British actress, 83, dies after 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease

Jill Gascoine died aged 83 years.

The British actress, best known for her TV roles in The Gentle Touch and The Onedin Line, has died after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years.

Jill & # 39; s son Adam confirmed her death, and wrote on Facebook: & # 39; She has been suffering from Alzheimer's for 10 years, so today was a grateful release.

Sad news: Gentle Touch actress Jill Gascoine has died aged 83 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease

& # 39; The family is all well, and resolved that they are no longer suffering.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no remembrance of Jill – who lived in the later stages of her life in a care home in Los Angles – "for a while", but the family scheduled services in & # 39; e FS and UK.

Adam added: "There will be no reminder for a while because of the current climate. The family will reach out when details are arranged.

Jill was perhaps best known for her role in The Gentle Touch

Jill was perhaps best known for her role in The Gentle Touch

"We will probably hold 2 services – one in London for the UK's friends and family, and one in Los Angeles for the US side.

"She was a wonderful person and a spirit of truth and absolute, unconditional love. There was no other.

"I'm glad she's moved. Please raise a glass. Please be kind and deeply (sic)"

Jill, who was married to fellow actor Alfred Molina, was especially known for playing Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s TV series & # 39; The Gentle Touch & # 39 ;, a spin-off & # 39; C.A.T.S. Eagen & # 39 ;.

She also starred in & # 39; TV series & # 39; Z Cars & # 39; and & # 39; Dixon or Dock Green & # 39 ;, and in & # 39; In the 1990s, she and Alfred moved to Los Angeles.

In 2009, she had to participate in & # 39; EastEnders & # 39; as Glenda Mitchell – the mother of Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell – but later withdrew from the role and was re-cast, with Glynis Barber not accepting the part.

Speaking about the role, Jill said earlier: "After working for the last 15 years in America … I felt upon arrival, I didn't have the right experience to film such a great ongoing drama.

"I have great respect for & # 39; EastEnders & # 39; and the cast, so I don't want to leave the show or my fellow cast members."

In the later stages of her career, she became a novelist and published three books.

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