Hated paedophile Rolf Harris spent his closing days battling neck most cancers and being fed by way of a tube earlier than succumbing to his sickness aged 93.
The disgraced artist – who’s believed to have died a fortnight in the past – struggled to speak or eat as he spent a lonely existence at his £5million Berkshire dwelling.
Harris had lived as a near-recluse since being free of jail in 2017, accompanied solely by his spouse Alwen, 91, who has Alzheimer’s illness, and their carers.
The couple’s daughter, Bindi, had no remark when requested about her father’s sickness, with a household pal saying she has had ‘nothing to say about him for years’.
Harris has already been laid to relaxation in a ‘secret’ funeral, MailOnline understands.
Paedophile artist Rolf Harris had been married to his spouse Alwen Hughes for 65 years
A press release from his household, launched by way of his solicitor, mentioned: ‘That is to verify that Rolf Harris lately died peacefully surrounded by household and buddies and has now been laid to relaxation.
‘They ask that you simply respect their privateness. No additional remark will probably be made.’
Non-public investigator, creator and former police officer William Merritt, creator of the e book Rolf Harris: The Reality behind the Trials, advised MailOnline that he final met with him in late 2022, and he was gravely ailing.
‘He mentioned: ‘Rolf has been very sick. After I noticed him he was capable of converse to me. He was with it, however he was clearly unwell’.
Mr Merritt mentioned Rolf has had neck most cancers and there have been critical considerations about his well being, though he was ‘getting on with issues’.
Because of the most cancers, Rolf is claimed to have ‘gurgled’ when speaking.
His spouse Alwen – who he had been married to for 65 years – has additionally been critically ailing with Alzheimer’s illness. ‘She’s very frail’, he mentioned.
It understood Harris’ well being took a flip for the more serious after the sudden loss of life of his beloved poodle earlier in 2022.
Harris has already been laid to relaxation in a ‘secret’ funeral, MailOnline understands. He is seen together with his spouse and their daughter, Bindi, in a household picture
Harris married his sculptor spouse Alwen in March 1958 after assembly at artwork college. The couple have one daughter Bindi.
Finest identified for hits Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Jake The Peg, in addition to a string of youngsters’s TV hits, Harris additionally famously painted the eightieth birthday portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
He was the face of British Paints for greater than three many years earlier than he was dumped by the model when he was arrested in 2013.
The next 12 months, Harris was discovered responsible on 12 counts of indecent assault, and was sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in jail .
The assaults embrace one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on women of their early teenagers, and a listing of abuse towards his daughter’s pal of over 16 years.
He was launched on parole in Might 2017 after serving three years behind bars.
The £5million Berkshire dwelling the place Harris spent his closing days as a digital recluse
Of the 12 convictions, one was overturned on attraction in November 2017, and a jury selected to not convict him in two extra instances in the identical 12 months.
The convicted paedophile lived a reclusive life within the English village of Bray.
Mr Merritt mentioned final 12 months that Rolf now prefers to be on his personal and does not ‘notably like children’ as he ‘hates the noise’.
‘(He is) battling a most cancers of the neck, and gurgles when he talks. It is obscure him,’ Mr Merritt mentioned.
‘As quickly as certainly one of two folks stroll into the room, he turns into a giant child once more. He is a creative sort, and he’ll attempt to carry out on cue, even when he is unwell.’
Harris’ well being has deteriorated lately and that he was hospitalised throughout his stint in jail when his diabetes spiralled uncontrolled.
‘He is ill and has declined quickly. He does not come out any extra and when he does it is solely ever together with his carer,’ one neighbour mentioned in 2019.