Former child actor Terry Sue-Patt, who played Benny Green in the children’s TV series Grange Hill, has been found dead in east London.
The British actor appeared in the programme between 1978 and 1982. He was the first pupil ever seen int he series.
Scotland Yard said officers forced their way into a Northcote Road flat in Walthamstow on Friday where the body of a man in his 50s was found.
Former colleagues in Grange Hill and numerous others took to Twitter to pay tribute to the actor.
Erkan Mustafa, who played Roland Browning in the TV series, tweeted: “Rip terry sue patt aka #bennygreen#grangehill legend you will be missed by true friends”.
A tweet from actor Lee MacDonald, who played Zammo Maguire, said: “R.I.P Terry Sue-Patt the memories of our times together will never be forgotten! Love you FOREVER Xxxxxxxxxxxx.”
The Met Police said it was called to the flat at 13:45 BST after concerns had been raised about the welfare of its occupant and officers “forced entry”.
A spokesperson said the death was not believed to be suspicious and next of kin had been informed.
Sue-Patt was born in Islington, London, the son of black African parents. He attended Ecclesbourne Junior School, Sir William Collins Comprehensive School, and Anna Scher Theatre School. He had two sisters (Jassette and Ann-Marie) and three brothers (Trevor, Michael, and George).
Sue-Patt began his acting career with small parts in various Children’s Film Foundation productions. He made appearances in General Hospital (ATV), Jackanory (BBC), in 1990, played a gunman in the Channel 4 Desmond’s, and the BBC Schools programme, Scene (1990s). Sue-Patt played the role of Yusef in Alan Clarke’s The Firm (1989).
Following acting, Sue-Patt focused on being a grafitti artist.