Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dead at 86

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dead at 86”

COLIN Dexter, who died yesterday aged 86, became one of Oxford's favourite sons for his crime novels featuring the brilliant, beer-drinking and opera-loving romantic Inspector Endeavour Morse.

His words were transcribed to the screen in the guise of the hugely popular television series starring John Thaw as the cranky inspector between 1987 and 2000.

Dexter was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 2000.

Norman Colin Dexter was born in Stamford, England, on September 29, 1930, a birthday he shared with the fictional Endeavour Morse.

In a tweet, the University of Lincoln said: "Sad to hear of the death of author Colin Dexter, honorary graduate of our University".

He told BBC Radio 4's Front Row Dexter was "such a warm friendly guy that when he arrived on set we all adored him and he had this wonderful inquiring mind and awesome alpha brain, that Morse had of course".

Rebecca Front, who also appeared in Lewis - which ran from 2006 until 2015 - said: "Colin Dexter loved his "Hitchcock" moments on Lewis".

Mr Dexter, who was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, often made cameo appearances and regularly popped up in episodes of Endeavour which starred Shaun Evans as a young Morse in the early days of his career.

His death was announced in a statement given to the BBC by his publisher, MacMillan.

He killed off the detective in the final book The Remorseful Day.

Dexter's most recent editor at Macmillan, Maria Rejt, said: "His loyalty, modesty and self-deprecating humour gave joy to many".

The show's producers once claimed to The Washington Post that 1 billion people around the world watched Inspector Morse and his sidekick Sgt. Lewis bring culprits to justice or at least to public exposure.

"He was one of those television characters who the nation took to their hearts".

"John Thaw's pitch-perfect portrayal of the irascible detective with a love for crosswords, real ale and classical music was undoubtedly one of the best-loved characters of all time".

Lynda La Plante said of the late author: "Colin Dexter, a masterful writer and storyteller who entertained millions of readers".

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