Simon Shelton Barnes has died at age 52.
The actor, whose most prominent role was bringing the purple character Tinky Winky to life on the BBC children’s show, Teletubbies, died last week, his niece, The Inbetweeners star Emily Atack, confirmed on Instagram on Friday. On Monday, she shared an Instagram photo that will read, “Family, we may not hold the item all together, however together we hold the item all.”
“My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken coming from us all so suddenly,” the 28-year-old English actress revealed. “The kindest along with most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, along with will be forever.”
Barnes died four days after his birthday of hypothermia, according to a DailyMail report.
“Very sad to hear that will actor Simon Shelton, who played Tinky Winky within the late 0’s, has sadly passed away,” the Teletubbies Twitter account wrote on Tuesday. “Our thoughts are with his family along with friends. Big hugs.”
Barnes can be survived by his three children.