Freddy Marks dead: Rainbow star dies aged 71 five years after he married co-star Jane Tucker

RAINBOW star Freddy Marks has tragically died aged 71 just five years after he married co-star Jane Tucker.

The Brit musician passed away yesterday but his cause of death is not known.

The news was announced in a post on a Rainbow Facebook fan group saying: "It is with a heavy heart that we sad to say that 'Freddy Marks' from Rod, Jane and Freddy has sadly passed away yesterday.

"Freddy was a very talented and funny guy who always bought a smile to everybody's face.

"Our thoughts go out to his wife Jane Tucker, Rod Burton and all thier friends and family at this difficult time. Freddy will be greatly missed."

Freddy was one of Rainbow's musical trio along with Jane Tucker and Rod Burton, which ran on TV screens from the 1970s to the 1990s.

The trio regularly appeared alongside Bungle and Zippy as they played catchy hits for children.

They also shared success on their show, Rod, Jane and Freddy, which was on for ten years in the 1980s.

Freddy married co-star Jane in 2016 at London’s luxury Claridge’s hotel.

The blonde singer had already been married to bandmate Rod Burton.

Freddy was born in Cheshire in 1949 and had a passion for music and theatre from a young age.

He toured with various bands and trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London from 1968.

After graduating in 1971, Freddy began his career in the theatre with roles in The Rocky Horror Show in the West End.

But he became a household name in 1979 when he replaced Roger Walker on Rainbow.

Alongside Jane and Rod, the trio went on to have huge success and starred in a spin-off series.

Even after Rainbow was taken off the air, they continued to tour across the UK in pantomimes.

In 1996 they won the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BACS) Gold Badge Award for outstanding contribution to the music industry.

But they were dogged by rumours of an illicit love triangle after Jane got together with Freddy in 1985 after her split from Rod.

Jane finally revealed the truth in 2013, saying: "Rod and I were married and then we got divorced.

“That’s it basically. Some years later when Freddy joined, Freddy and I hooked up together.”

Freddy added: “Rod and Jane had been divorced long before I actually joined the series.

“So with all the will in the world it was very difficult to make a menage a
trois out of something that didn’t exist.”

Jane and Freddy wed in May 2016 after 30 years together.

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