Actor Jake Abraham, best known for his role in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, has died at the age of 56.
Abraham, who played Dean in the British gangster film, revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis in July and said he was receiving palliative care.
The Liverpool-born actor’s other roles included the 1991 Channel 4 series GBH and the films Mean Machine and Formula 51.
Bill Elms, a Liverpool theater director and producer who has worked with Jake on several occasions, told the Liverpool Echo: “I had the great pleasure of working with Jake on a couple of shows which I co-produced, Twopence to Cross the Mersey and Lennon’s Banjo, he was a wonderful actor, a wonderful member of the company and was well-liked by many in the industry.
“We will miss him very much. I have many fond memories of Jake, he was always very upbeat and fun to be around. I admire him for going public with his illness, it will make a difference to many others and save lives.
“It’s a very sad day. RIP and send my love to his friends and family.
Abraham previously told the Echo that he received his cancer diagnosis after seeking medical attention following a long period of illness. The cancer then spread to the rest of his body and tumors developed in his spine, hips and bladder.
“I was working but I wasn’t feeling well. I’ve been through these periods where you don’t feel good, you don’t have the energy and you feel pain,” he said.
“What prompted me to go to the doctor and get a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test was that I had blood in my urine.
“I took an exam and ended up at the Royal. He said, “You have cancer, I’m so sorry.” He said I’ve had it for years, maybe four years.
Abraham’s character in Ritchie’s 1998 classic was one of two incompetent thieves sent to steal a pair of antique hunting rifles.