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Peaky blinders actor and renowned poet Benjamin Zephaniah passes away at 65 following brain cancer battle



Family announces death after eight-week struggle with brain tumor

Renowned poet and Peaky Blinders actor, Benjamin Zephaniah, has passed away at the age of 65 after an eight-week battle with brain cancer. The news was shared by his family, who expressed their grief in a statement posted on Zephaniah’s Instagram account.

Zephaniah, known for his impactful contributions to poetry and his role as Jeremiah Jesus in Peaky Blinders, was diagnosed with a brain tumor eight weeks ago. His family stated that he died in the early hours of the morning, with his wife by his side.

In the emotional announcement, the family shared, “Benjamin was a true pioneer and innovator, he gave the world so much. Through an amazing career including a huge body of poems, literature, music, television, and radio, Benjamin leaves us with a joyful and fantastic legacy.”

Tributes poured in from colleagues and admirers. Fellow poet Michael Rosen expressed his devastation, saying, “I admired him, respected him, learnt from him, loved him. Love and condolences to the family and to all who loved him too.”

Aston Villa also conveyed their condolences, stating they were “deeply saddened by news of the passing of legendary writer and poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.”

Born in 1958 in Birmingham, Zephaniah overcame dyslexia and left school at 13, later becoming one of Britain’s most famous poets. His journey from a troubled youth to literary success was marked by his unique style of “dub poetry” performed to reggae beats. In addition to his impact on literature, Zephaniah had a successful acting career, with memorable roles in Peaky Blinders, The Bill, and a stint as a panellist on QI.

The family’s statement concluded with gratitude, “Thank you for the love you have shown Professor Benjamin Zephaniah.”


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