A death hoax has circulated on Twitter suggesting that Tim Healy has died. However, the actor hasn’t passed away.

Benidorm star Tim Healy is alive and well who is currently 69 years old.

Here’s how the hoax about the English actor started and why some of his fans were left worried about him.

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Tim Healy hasn’t died

Tim Healy is not dead, he has become victim of an internet death hoax.

The actor, who is best-known for starring in the comedy series Benidorm and Still Open All Hours, took to Twitter to announce the death of his former wife’s father-in-law which is why many people got confused.

Tim shared a poignant tribute to Vin Welch, Denise Welch’s father, which read:

“I’m so sad to announce with a saddened heart, Gramps passed away peacefully last night,surrounded by all the love of the family. We will love you forever RIP.”

Who was his father-in-law?

Vin Welch is the father of Tim’s ex-wife Denise Welch. Denise is an actress and panellist on the ITV talk show Loose Women.

Denise had shared regular updates about her father’s condition in recent months but on Wednesday (September 29th), she announced that he has passed away.

“My beloved dad left the party at 11pm last night surrounded by his loved ones. He touched the hearts of so many, even those who’ve never met him. I’m heartbroken. Nothing else matters,” the actress wrote on Twitter.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Denise opened up about her father’s health condition and said: “After making a miraculous recovery recently from major surgeries, pneumonia plus his existing pulmonary fibrosis was more than even he could take.

“I’ve never seen anyone fight to stay longer at a party than dad and last night was no different. He loved life and lived it to the full like no other.”

She thanked the nurses at Durham University Hospital and her friends and fans who have sent messages of love and support.

People pay tributes to Vin

Fans and social media users have paid respects to Vin on social media.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward wrote on Instagram: “So sorry to hear this news my heart breaks for you be will never be forgotten a true gentleman and definitely one of a kind.”

“Sending you and your family all my love Denz,” said journalist Andrea McLean.

“Sorry for your loss of your ex father in law hope you will be there for the boys and Denise and the rest of the family during this sad time,” wrote one person under Tim’s tribute.

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