POLICE have launched an investigation into the death of Blackadder star Howard Lew Lewis and said it was “unexplained”.

Cops launched the probe after devastated family of the 76-year-old comedian, who also starred in Maid Marian and her Merry Men and Brush Strokes, died at Ellen’s Glen House hospital in Edinburgh last week.

 Howard Lew Lewis - pictured in his hospital bed - was allegedly killed by an accidental NHS drug overdose, the Blackadder star's daughter has claimed

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Howard Lew Lewis – pictured in his hospital bed – was allegedly killed by an accidental NHS drug overdose, the Blackadder star’s daughter has claimed

A Police Scotland spokesman told Sun Online: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating following the death of a 76-year-old man.

“The death is being treated as unexplained but is not thought to be suspicious.”

The actor’s heartbroken daughter Debora Milazzo, 42, told the Mail on Sunday: “Justice needs to be done.

“My father kept so strong for so long and it was only the new medication that killed him.”

Howard, also known as Lewy, was battling early signs of dementia when he died on January 20.

 Howard, also known as Lewy, starred in Maid Marian, Brush Strokes, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Blackadder and Brazil
Howard, also known as Lewy, starred in Maid Marian, Brush Strokes, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Blackadder and Brazil
 Howard's daughter Debora Milazzo has demanded 'justice' for her father's death

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Howard’s daughter Debora Milazzo has demanded ‘justice’ for her father’s death
 He is perhaps best known for his role in the much loved kid's Robin Hood spoof called Maid Marian and her Merry Men, where he starred alongside Tony Robinson
He is perhaps best known for his role in the much loved kid’s Robin Hood spoof called Maid Marian and her Merry Men, where he starred alongside Tony Robinson
First Maid Marian and Her Merry Men shows how the band got together

 

NHS doctors had allegedly given him Alfentanil – an opiate 30 times stronger than morphine, as well as sedative Midazolam  – which prevents the creation of new memories.

The Mail claims an ex-senior NHS exec said the combination of drugs would only be appropriate for a patient “in the terminal phase of a malignant disease”.

Ms Milazzo insisted last night that her father had not received a terminal diagnosis.

She added: “My father didn’t have cancer, he didn’t have heart disease.

“They suddenly just changed his medication and it was the new medication that killed him.”

 The TV legend, who has died aged 76, played Elmo in Brush Strokes
The TV legend, who has died aged 76, played Elmo in Brush Strokes

Dr Tracey Gillies, medical director of NHS Lothian Trust, said: “It would not be appropriate to discuss any details from his medical record.

“If the family have concerns or questions, they should contact us.”

Howard was born in London in 1941 and played a number of guest roles in the first series of Blackadder including Piers and Mr Applebottom.

His other film and TV credits include Terry Gilliam’s classic Brazil, sit-com My Family, The Queen’s Nose, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Two Ronnies, Kenny Everett, Open All Hours and Minder.

Blackadder and Maid Marian co-star Tony Robinson was among those paying tribute.

Tony wrote on Twitter: “RIP Rabies.

“The kind,funny and gentle Howard Lew Lewis died on Saturday. Much missed.”


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