Peaky Blinders star Benjamin Zephaniah dies
British poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah, star of the popular series Peaky Blinders, at 65, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, writes The Daily Mail.
The news of his death was announced on social media.
"It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you that our beloved husband, son and father passed away in the early hours of the morning. Benjamin's wife was by his side when he died. We have shared it with the world and know that many will be shocked and saddened by this news..." his family wrote.
Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born in the Handsworth area of Birmingham in 1958. His father was a postman from Barbados and his mother was a nurse from Jamaica. He published numerous collections of poetry, as well as five novels and seven plays.
Dyslexic, he left school at the age of 13, unable to read or write, but became one of Britain's most famous contemporary poets.
In 2008, The Times named him one of Britain's 50 best post-war writers, and he also played street preacher Jeremiah Jesus in six seasons of Peaky Blinders between 2013 and 2022.