Jill Gascoine dead: The Gentle Touch actress and wife of Alfred Molina dies age 83

Jill Gascoine has died after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Alfred Molina’s wife’s death at the age of 83 has been confirmed by the couple’s son

Jill Gascoine was a wonderful human and a spirit of truth and absolute, unconditional love. There was no other

The Gentle Touch actress is believed to have died at a care home in California in the early hours of yesterday.

Her son Adam broke the tragic news on Facebook, saying the family was “relieved that she’s not suffering any more”.

His post read: “She suffered from Alzheimer’s for 10 years, so today was a thankful release. The family is all well, and relieved that she’s not suffering any more.

“There will not be a memorial for a good while due to the current climate. The family will reach out once details have been arranged.”


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He continued: “We will likely hold 2 services – one in London for the UK friends and family, and one in Los Angeles for the US side.

“She was a wonderful human and a spirit of truth and absolute, unconditional love. There was no other.

“I am happy she’s moved on. Please raise a glass. Be kind and love deeply!”

Jill’s step-daughter Rachel Molina went on to pay tribute on Instagram: “We lost someone very special in our family in the early hours of this morning.

“My beautiful step mum Jill. She passed away peacefully after living with Alzheimer’s for 10yrs.”

She went on: “Before this she was the most wonderful actress and dancer. Her death is not a surprise, and as her son Adam says it’s a thankful release from what is a brutal disease.

“I love this photo of her with her sons Adam and Sean.️ She was always so beautiful inside and out, and the best step mum I could have asked for.”

Jill will forever be known as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in The Gentle Touch, which launched in 1980.

She played the role in the police drama for four years, before continuing in spin-off C.A.T.S. Eyes.

Prior to the part, Jill popped up in the likes of The Onedin Line, Holding On and Raffles.

The likes of Home to Roost opposite John Thaw and film King of the Wind followed.

In the 1990s, she also became a novelist and published three books.


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Jill was married twice, first to Dundee hotelier Bill Keith, with whom she had two sons.

Their realtionship ended in the 1960s, and she went on to wed actor Alfred, 66, in 1986.

They met when they were working in the same theatre production.

Jill was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1997 and went on to make a full recovery, but was later told she had Alzheimer’s.

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