Mark Gatiss heartbroken as his beloved dad Maurice dies aged 89

SHERLOCK star Mark Gatiss has been left heartbroken after the death of his beloved dad Maurice.

The actor paid tribute to the NHS staff who cared for his dad in the days before his death at the age of 89.

Revealing the news on Twitter, Mark posted a series of family snapshots of his late dad.

He wrote: “My dear old Dad passed away this morning just shy of his 90th birthday. 

“Maurice was a wonderful man and a real character right to the end. 

“Huge thanks to the brilliant staff on Ward 16 of #NHS Bishop Auckland Hospital for all their kindnesses. 

“Go well, my beloved father.”

Fans of Mark and his work flocked to pay their respects and share their condolences for his loss.

“My heart thoughts & prayers are with you & your family Mark,” wrote one.

A second said: “So sorry for your loss Mark. Sending all the love xxx”

Another added: “My deepest sympathies, and condolences to you and yours, Mark.”

A fourth said: “Sorry to hear that Mark. 

“Glad he got such great kindness when it mattered most.”

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