'Lord of the Rings' actor Ian Holm, 88, dies

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Ian Holm
Ian Holm
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British actor Sir Ian Holm has died at the age of 88. 

The star, who took on the role of Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, had reportedly died in hospital. The actor's agent confirmed the news to the Guardian, saying he was "with his family and carer" at the time of his passing. The publication adds that Ian's illness was Parkinson's related.

Ian's wife, Sophie de Stempel, also confirmed the news on her Instagram account, writing: "With great sadness the wonderful Iam Holm died today [sic]."

Sophie paid tribute to her late husband with several portraits shared on her account. 

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With great sadness the wonderful lam Holm died today

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While in recent years he may have been known for his role in Lord of the Rings, Ian's career spanned six decades. The skilled actor took on roles in film, television and theatre. According to Metro, he obtained a Laurence Olivier Award, a Tony and a Bafta, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ian's other notable roles include Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and Ash in Alien.  

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee (Sources: The Guardian, Metro)

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