Jill Gascoine death: The Gentle Touch actor dies aged 83
Pioneering TV star passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s
As Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in ITV‘s 1980 series The Gentle Touch, Gascoine broke new ground as the first woman to take a leading role in a British police drama.
Gascoine’s son Adam confirmed the news of his mother’s death in a Facebook post, writing: “She suffered from Alzheimer’s for 10 years, so today was a thankful release. The family is all well, and relieved that she’s not suffering any more.”
He continued: “There will not be a memorial for a good while due to the current climate. The family will reach out once details have been arranged. We will likely hold 2 services – one in London for the UK friends and family, and one in Los Angeles for the US side.”
“She was a wonderful human and a spirit of truth and absolute, unconditional love. There was no other.”
Gascoine was renowned for her work in TV, which included roles in Z-Cars, General Hospital and Dixon of Dock Green. Her star turn in The Gentle Touch and its spin-off C.A.T.S Eyes has been described by the BBC as “pioneering”.
She was also a novelist, and published three books in the mid-Nineties: Addicted, Lilian and Just Like a Woman.
Her husband, actor Alfred Molina, described Alzheimer’s as “a cowardly disease”.
Gascoine is survived by Molina and her three children, Adam, Rachel and Sean.