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Actor Hugh Keays-Byrne has died at the age of 73, it has been confirmed.

He died on Tuesday (December 2) and no cause of death has been given.

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.

The actor portrayed Toecutter in the iconic 1980s Mel Gibson film franchise Mad Max.

Keays-Byrne’s death was announced by filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith in a heartfelt Facebook post, which read: “I am sad to report that our friend Hugh Keays-Byrne passed away in hospital yesterday.

“A former Royal Shakespeare Company actor who settled in Australia co-starred in my Man From Hong Kong, and achieved world wide recognition as the Toecutter in Mad Max, and Immortan Joe in Mad Max-Fury Road.

“This photo reflects the innate sense of humor he brought not only to my film but every production he worked on. He was a fine actor and a good friend to Margaret and myself for 46 years.

“We spent many happy Sunday mornings with him, his partner Christina, and a group of fellow actors and artists (the Macao Light Company) at the house they shared in Centennial Park.

“Christina, Jack, Shawn, Tim , Ralph, Robina, our hearts go out to you.

“Hugh had a generous heart, offering a helping hand to people in need, or a place to stay to a homeless teenager.

“He cared about social justice and preserving the environment long before these issues became fashionable.

“His life was governed by his sense of the oneness of humanity. We will miss his example and his friendship. Vale, Hugh.”

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