Simon Shelton Barnes has died at age 52.
The actor, whose most outstanding position was bringing the purple character Tinky Winky to life on the BBC youngsters’s present, Teletubbies, died final week, his niece, The Inbetweeners star Emily Atack, confirmed on Instagram on Friday. On Monday, she shared an Instagram photograph that learn, “Household, we could not have all of it collectively, however collectively we now have all of it.”
“My fantastic uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so out of the blue,” the 28-year-old English actress revealed. “The kindest and most gifted man you can ever want to meet. Beloved by all who knew him, and will likely be eternally.”
Barnes died 4 days after his birthday of hypothermia, in keeping with a DailyMail report.
“Very unhappy to listen to that actor Simon Shelton, who performed Tinky Winky within the late 90’s, has sadly handed away,” the Teletubbies Twitter account wrote on Tuesday. “Our ideas are together with his household and mates. Massive hugs.”
Barnes is survived by his three youngsters.