Peaky Blinders Actor Benjamin Zephaniah Passes Away at 65

Renowned Artist and Activist Benjamin Zephaniah Passes Away

by Zain ul Abedin
Peaky Blinders Actor Benjamin Zephaniah Passes Away at 65
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Renowned Actor and Poet Benjamin Zephaniah, widely celebrated for his role in the hit series "Peaky Blinders," passed away at 65. The news of his demise on Thursday, December 7, comes just eight weeks following a diagnosis of a brain tumor, leaving the entertainment world in mourning.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Zephaniah's family expressed their deep sorrow, stating, "It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the death of our beloved husband, son, and brother in the early hours of this morning”.

The family's statement also highlighted the unwavering support of his wife, who remained steadfastly by his side during his illness. His family feels the loss of Zephaniah and extends to fans and admirers worldwide. “We shared him with the world, and we know so many will be shocked and saddened by this news," the family's statement continued.

Tributes have poured in from across the globe, with fans expressing their grief and admiration for Zephaniah's multifaceted talent in entertainment and literature.

Zephaniah's Lasting Legacy

His versatility and passion marked Zephaniah's career.

He left an indelible mark not only as an actor but also as a poet, musician, and a respected voice in television and radio. His contributions extended beyond art, as he was also a vocal political and social activist, advocating tirelessly against injustice and racism.

The depth of his impact is evident in the outpouring of condolences and tributes. A fan described his passing as “a huge shock and loss,” emphasizing that his "legacy lives on”. Another expressed gratitude: "Thank you for the love you have shown Professor Benjamin Zephaniah”.

Apart from his memorable role in "Peaky Blinders," Zephaniah's acting credits include appearances in "The Bill," "The Comic Strip Presents," and "Crucial Tales." His diverse body of work and his commitment to social causes have made him a beloved figure, and his passing leaves a void in the hearts of many.

Benjamin Zephaniah's legacy as an artist, activist, and humanitarian continues to inspire and resonate with people worldwide.