Ken Barrie, the voice of children's TV show Postman Pat, has died at the age of 83.
The actor, who was born Leslie Hulme, provided the voice for Pat and many of the other characters in the animated series, as well as the famous jingle which became a hit in the early 1980s.
His daughter Lorraine Peterson told the Press Association he died peacefully at home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, of liver cancer.
Fans of the actor and his iconic character took to Twitter after the news of his death emerged, sharing their sadness and also thanking him for enriching their childhoods.
One of the most poignant social media messages included a drawing of Postman Pat's beloved Jess the cat crying.
Postman Pat has died ?
-- Mike Cleaver (@cleavermike) July 29, 2016
-- BIRDIE (@DarrenBirdie) July 29, 2016
the voice actor for postman pat died, sad times
-- Jake Zous (@Trollzous) July 29, 2016
RIP Ken Barrie, voice of the legendary Postman Pat. My daughters probably still think I watched it under protest... pic.twitter.com/92zB4xViI5
-- Mike Fatkin (@mikefatkin) July 29, 2016
Rip postman pat! You will be missed so much! You did a good job!
-- Awesome L gaming :) (@AwesomeLgaming) July 29, 2016
Rest in Peace #PostmanPat as a kid I loved you so much I used to cry every time your show finished! (Thank you Ken Barrie, RIP to you too!)
-- Jimmy James (@JimmyHighT0wer) July 29, 2016
So sad to hear that the voice of Postman Pat, Ken Barrie, has died. A voice of my childhood who will be sorely missed.
-- Señor Whippy (@AMSinclair97) July 29, 2016