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Rainbow kids TV star Freddy Marks dies aged 71


Freddy Marks has died aged 71.

The TV presenter, famed for singing on children’s TV show Rainbow alongside Jane Tucker and Rod Burton, passed away yesterday.

The cause of the TV favourite’s death is not known.

The sad news was announced on a Rainbow Facebook fan group.

The message read: “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 Marks (R) has died aged 71.

Thames TV production company also paid tribute to the TV icon on Instagram with a heartfelt post.

Alongside a snap of Mark, Jane and Rod, the caption read: “The sad news has been announced today of the death of Freddy Marks from the classic children’s TV show Rainbow’s Rod, Jane and Freddy (seen right on image).

“The popular trio then went on to have their own 15-minute show, Rod, Jane and Freddy which ran for 10 years in the 1980s.”

Fans took to the comments to share their upset at the news.

One penned: “Oh no no it isn’t true he can’t be gone, Poor Rod and Jane, I am very heartbroken.”

Another echoed: “I loved Rod Jane and Freddy. Used to have it on VHS.”

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A third added: “This is a sad loss. He was a legend.”



Freddy was famed for hosting children’s TV show Rainbow alongside Jane Tucker and Rod Burton

Mark’s death comes just five years after he and co-star Jane got married.

Their romance hit headlines after it was revealed the blonde had previously been married to their other colleague – Rod.



Just five years ago Freddy married Jane

Speaking on panel show 50 Ways To Leave Your TV Lover in 2013 though, Jane shared on how they got together.

Appearing alongside her first husband Rod, Jane said: “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 continued: “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.”



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Musician Mark rose to fame in the 80s on hit show Rainbow and went on to bag his own gig with Jane and Rod with a series named Rod, Jane and Freddy.

He also made appearances on The Sooty Show.

In February Mark made his last TV appearance when he and his wife Jane appeared on a special edition of game show Pointless.

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