Convicted sex offender and former TV host Rolf Harris has died, Pennsylvania reported. he was 93 years old.
PA said his death was confirmed by the Registrar of Maidenhead City Hall on May 10. The cause of death was given as neck cancer and old age.
The artist and musician was a well-known face on British television until 2012, when he was arrested and investigated for a series of alleged sexual assaults between 1968 and 1986. He was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to: He was sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
He served only three years after being released in 2017.
Born in Perth, Western Australia in 1930, he moved to London as an art student in the early 1950s. He soon found work in television, teaching his children how to draw cartoons before moving on to other children’s shows such as ‘Jigsaw’ and ‘Whirlrig’.
His notoriety in the UK has steadily increased, with appearances such as commentary on the BBC’s Eurovision Song Contest and perhaps his most famous gig, the BBC’s Saturday night ‘The Rolf Harris Show’. I got a job. Later in his career, he hosted shows such as ‘Animal Hospital’ and ‘Rolf on Art’.
He also launched a musical career, releasing numerous singles such as ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’, ‘Jake the Peg’ and ‘Two Little Boys’, and performed six years at Glastonbury. Played more than once.
And in 2006, he was chosen to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in honor of her 80th birthday.
But in 2014, he was convicted of 12 counts of lewd assault on four girls, two of whom were in their early teens and one of whom was a friend of his daughter. One conviction involving an 8-year-old girl was overturned on appeal, but the other convictions were upheld.
Upon his conviction, he was stripped of many honors he had earned over the course of his career, including the Order of the British Empire and a BAFTA fellowship.