Christopher Cazenove

Christopher Cazenove, best known as Ben Carrington on the 1980s drama Dynasty, has died. He was 64.

Cazenove died Wednesday at London's St. Thomas' Hospital after a battle with septicemia, his agent, Lesley Duff, said in a statement. The British actor contracted septicemia, a massive bacterial infection of the blood, at the end of February.

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"Despite a valiant fight and the untiring efforts of the wonderful team at St Thomas', he was overwhelmed," the statement said. "All who knew and loved him will be devastated by the loss of this incredible man who touched so many lives."

Cazenove's death comes six days after the death of his Dynasty co-star, John Forsythe, who portrayed his half-brother, Blake Carrington, on the prime-time soap.

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A theater vet, Cazenove first found screen success on 1970s British series The Regiment and The Duchess of Duke Street before landing the role of scheming brother Ben on Dynasty. Cazenove appeared in 36 episodes between 1986-87.

Film credits include 3 Men and a Little Lady and A Knight's Tale, in which he played Heath Ledger's father.

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Cazenove is survived by a son, Rhys, from his marriage to actress Angharad Rees. The couple's oldest son, Linford, died in a car crash in 1999. Cazenove had been in a relationship with Isabel Davies since 2003.