Stephen Lewis: British Actor Known For His Role On ‘On The Buses’ Dies At Age 88

British actor Stephen Lewis has died at the age of 88.

Lewis, who made a name for himself in the 1970’s for playing the character Inspector Cyril “Blakey” Blake in the LWT sitcom On the Buses, died at 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12 while sleeping at the Cambridge Nursing Home in Wanstead, east London, where he had been residing.

Stephen’s nephew, Peter Lewis, announced that his uncle had passed away, also noting that he had been suffering from arthritis, which caused severe pain in his knees and legs, and prostate cancer. Although Stephen’s health had been declining over the past several years, Peter said he died “quite peacefully.”

“He had terrible arthritis in one knee which really badly affected him, and many years ago he had prostate cancer – and whether that had come back we don’t know,” Peter said.

Despite his illnesses, Lewis always seemed upbeat and found numerous ways to entertain his fellow residents in the nursing home, including his 84-year-old sister Connie Lewis.

“They [Stephen and Connie] looked after each other,” Peter said.

“He was always singing and joking. We just want people to remember him,” Peter’s daughter Rebecca said, according to the Befast Telegraph. She also added that her great-uncle was “in high spirits” up until his death, and had been living in the nursing home for a little over three years.