Actor Jake Abraham tragically died at age 56 on Saturday 30th September, just months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer – which spread to the rest of his body and created tumours on his spine, hips and bladder.
The screen star, who is known for appearing in the 1998 crime-comedy film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, admitted earlier this year that he was 'pushing through' despite not feeling well and didn't go to the doctor until things got worse.
"I was working but I wasn't feeling well. I was pushing through those spells when you don't feel yourself, you haven't got the energy and there are aches and pains," he told The Liverpool Echo in July.
The Liverpool native decided to visit his local GP while appearing in play The Scouse Jack and the Beanstalk, continuing: "I knew I wasn't well then but I'd not been well for so long. What made me go to the doctor and get a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test was that I passed blood in my urine.
"I got a test and ended up in the Royal. He said 'you've got cancer, I'm so, so sorry'. He said that I'd had it for years, maybe four years."
Jake urged others to get checked earlier following his late diagnosis, which left him with less time. Born in Toxteth, Liverpool, Jake then grew up in London's borough of Kensington.
Beginning his on-screen career in 1986, he also appeared in a number of TV series such as The Bill and Holby City over the span of his life.
Following the news of his death, tributes poured in for the actor on social media. Fellow Liverpudlian actress and former Big Brother star Tina Malone shared a post to X -formerly Twitter – to pay tribute.
"I am heartbroken my screen and theatre hubby, my mate of 50 years has passed, talented, funny, kind, a true Liverpool legend rip my darling jake Abraham xxx," she wrote.
While Nicky Allt, a Liverpool-born theatre producer and writer, also paid tribute. Writing on X, formerly known as Twitter, he said: “God bless Jake (Jake Abraham). My sparkly little Evertonian mate, the talented boy from Kenny (Kensington). Always a proper laugh & smile in work & play. Goodnight kid.”
“Everyone knows him from Lock Stock but there was so much more to Jake: from his Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse youth performances to powerful Channel 4 drama GBH. RIP.”
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