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Scottish actor Iain McColl loses cancer fight

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Jul 06, 2013 | 7:59am EDT

Gangs Of New York star Iain Mccoll has died at the age of 59. The actor, best known for his roles in U.K. TV shows City Lights and Rab C. Nesbitt, passed away at a clinic in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday (04Jul13) after a long battle with cancer. McColl's City Lights co-star Andy Gray has paid tribute to his pal, praising his comedic talents and promising to raise a glass in his memory. He tells the Daily Record, "We were a bit of a double act in a way. We had a lot of laughs on set. We would do five-page scenes and Iain would get the big laugh at the end with just one line. He'd come in and steal it. There was nobody quite like him - he was a true character. "We will have a... drink for him and relive happy memories of our big, daft (silly) Iain. Our sadness will be tinged with a lot of laughter and funny memories but my thoughts are with his family." McColl first announced his cancer diagnosis in 2008, and was later believed to have beaten the disease, with Rab C. Nesbitt writers even re-introducing his character Dodie to the show in 2011. He is survived by his three children Rhianan, Ciaran and Maurice.

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