• Actor Paul Ritter passed away in 2021
  • THIS was his cause of death
  • Ritter was 54 years old

The heartbreaking announcement of the passing of actor Paul Ritter, renowned for his role in 'Friday Night Dinner,' on April 5, 2021, left fans and colleagues in disbelief. The actor battled his illness away from the public eye, leaving behind a legacy of diverse and compelling performances. His agent's statement captured the essence of Ritter's character: "fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny." A true loss to the acting world, Ritter's talent and warmth are deeply missed.

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Heartwarming words from his colleagues

Simon Bird, who played Ritter's on-screen son "Adam" in 'Friday Night Dinner', shared a touching tribute, highlighting not just Ritter's acting prowess but his magnetic presence off-camera: "He was the best in the business... unfailingly generous, unendingly thoughtful... and undeniably cool." Bird's words paint a picture of a man who was not just a colleague but a mentor and friend.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER, (from left): Tasmin Greig (back to camera), Tom Rosenthal, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, (Season 3, 2014

As for "Martin"s hearing impairment in the show, Ritter was not deaf in real life. The character's selective hearing often served as a comedic device, much to the delight (and sometimes frustration) of his on-screen family. Tracy Ann Oberman, who plays "Auntie Val", fondly remembers Martin: "slightly deaf, he doesn't like wearing clothes, he loves his shed, he's a little bit dirty, he’s utterly dysfunctional yet brilliant."

This is how Paul Ritter died

Ritter succumbed to a brain tumor on April 5, 2021, at the age of 54. His passing occurred in the comfort of his home, with his family at his side.

His agent officially announced his death through a statement that conveyed, "With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Paul Ritter. He peacefully departed last night at home, surrounded by his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah. At 54, he battled a brain tumor until the end."