Benjamin Zephaniah, the esteemed poet and actor known for his role in "Peaky Blinders," has passed away at 65. This is reported by The Sun.
The news was shared through a statement on his Instagram, expressing deep sorrow from his family. Zephaniah, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor eight weeks prior, passed away with his wife by his side.
His family described him as a true pioneer, leaving a rich legacy through his poems, literature, music, television, and radio work.
Born in Birmingham in 1958 to a Barbadian postman and a Jamaican nurse, Zephaniah overcame early struggles with dyslexia, leaving school at 13.
Despite these challenges, he emerged as one of Britain's most famous modern poets, ranked among the top 50 post-war writers by The Times in 2008.
He played Jeremiah Jesus in "Peaky Blinders" and made appearances on "The Bill" and as a panellist on "QI" in 2020.
Watch an old 'red carpet' interview with Benjamin Zephaniah in the video below