Kenny Ireland has lost his battle with cancer.

The actor who played swinger Donald Stewart in the ITV comedy Benidorm passed away today at just 68 years old.

Kenny Ireland

The tragic news was confirmed by Scotland's Royal Lyceum Theatre, where Kenny was creative director for over a decade until 2003.

The theatre said in a statement: "We are greatly saddened to learn today that Kenny Ireland, Artistic Director of The Lyceum from 1992-2003 passed away this morning."

Kenny was written out of the upcoming series of 'Benidorm' last month in order to focus on his recovery.

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: "We are terribly saddened to hear that Kenny Ireland has passed away, our thoughts are with his family at this time.

"He was a much loved actor, not only by the cast and crew on 'Benidorm' but by the millions of fans out there.

"He appeared as Donald Stewart in 'Benidorm' from the first episode and helped play a huge part in its success. He will be greatly missed."

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