News just emerged that last week Simon Barnes passed away at the age of 52. Barnes was best known for his role as the Tinky Winky actor in the iconic kid’s show, “Teletubbies.”
Before Barnes got into acting, he was a dancer and choreographer. When he was given the opportunity to replace actor Dave Thompson on the popular kid’s show, however, he switched to acting.
He said, “I started my career as a ballet dancer and had just started working as a choreographer. I thought it was a bit of a risky move but it certainly paid off. We used to receive a lot of fan mail from kids and parents. I suppose we were a bit like the Beatles or that Take That of children’s television.”
Barnes was beloved my many, not only because of the joy he brought to thousands of children through his acting. He was also loved for his joyful spirit and genuine kindness.
His family members spoke up about his early death.
Barnes’ niece, “Inbetweeners” actress Emily Atack, said, “My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X.”
Barnes’ daughter said, “I love you so much Dad…always have, always will. The most beautiful man in the world.”
Barnes’ actor son Henry said, “I lost my lovely dad on Wednesday, he was the kindest and most gentle man I knew and I love him more than anything!!!!”
He continued, “I always used to be embarrassed as a child that he was a dancer and an actor but now I couldn’t be more proud! He is in a better place now and I know he wouldn’t want me to be sad, so I’m going to live my life the way he would want me to.”
Sadly, Barnes passed away only four days after his 52nd birthday.
According to Independent, the funeral for Simon Barnes will take place on February 7. In honor of his colorful and joyful life, attendees are being asked to wear bright colors in his memory.
While the cause of death of the actor was not immediately made available, a friend and flatmate of Barnes, Judith Tynan, revealed to the Daily Mail the cause of his death. Reportedly, the former actor and father of three died of hypothermia. He had collapsed on a street in Liverpool. He was found in the Mann Island area of Liverpool City Centre.
According to Mirror UK, a police spokesman said, "We have confirmed some details about the death of Simon Shelton Barnes. We were called to the Mann Island area of Liverpool on January 17 at about 7:30 in the morning to reports of a man being found deceased. There are no suspicious circumstances so anything else around this tragedy we are referring to the coroners."
Though the police have said that there is nothing suspicious to investigate, it is not common for someone to die in the middle of a city from hypothermia. Now, friends and family are asking questions about how this happened. We will continue to update as more information is made available.
Please pray for his family and friends during this difficult time. In other breaking news, a popular vegetable was recalled in 21 states and 7 different brands due to a deadly bacteria that was found. Throw it out if you have it!