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British actor and activist Corin Redgrave, a member of the famous Redgrave acting dynasty, has died. He was 70.

Redgrave died Tuesday, his widow, Kika Markham, and his family said in a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "He was taken ill at home in the early hours of Sunday morning," the statement said. "He died very peacefully surrounded by his family. We will miss him so very much."

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Redgrave, the brother of Vanessa and a third generation member of the famous Redgrave family, got his start on stage in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is best known for his roles in the films Excalibur, Four Weddings and a Funeral and A Man for All Seasons, as well as his work promoting human rights

His death comes just over a year after his niece, Natasha Richardson, died in a skiing accident.

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Redgrave was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000 and suffered a heart attack in 2005. He is survived by his second wife, Kika, and four children.