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According to new reports, former child star Terry Sue-Patt may have been dead for up to a month before his body was found.

Terry Sue-Patt played Benny Green in BBC’s children’s TV series Grange Hill.

His body was discovered by police who forced their way into the actor’s home on May 22 after a worried friend raised the alarm.Terry Sue Patt dead at 50

Terry Sue-Patt, 50, who had been battling a drink problem, was lying face down in bed in his housing association flat in Walthamstow, East London.

The actor’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

Tributes poured in on Twitter and Facebook from shocked Grange Hill co-stars to Terry Sue-Patt.

Todd Carty, who played Benny Green’s pal Tucker Jenkins, posted a photo of them together as children.

As friends remembered Terry Sue-Patt, details also began to emerge of the sad decline of the talented actor and artist.

Terry Sue-Patt had been battling personal demons since the death of his younger brother, Michael, in a car crash in Leyton in 1989, his father told the Sunday Mirror.

The actor was the front-seat passenger in a car being driven by Michael when it left the road and slammed into railings while apparently racing another car.

Alston Sue-Patt, 79 claimed Terry had blamed himself and turned to alcohol after the tragedy in November 1989.

He also bailed Terry out with £1,500 ($2,300) just weeks before his death so he could pay his rent.

Terry Sue-Patt left Grange Hill in 1982 and turned down the chance to appear with his friend Todd Carty in the spin-off series Tucker’s Luck.

He developed a career as a graffiti artist but continued acting, starring alongside Gary Oldman and Steve McFadden in the 1989 soccer hooligan film The Firm and appearing in Channel 4 comedy show Desmonds.

Terry Sue-Patt made his acting comeback this year playing a priest in Amar Akbar & Tony.


Grange Hill star Terry Sue-Patt has been found dead at his home in Walthamstow, east London, on May 22.

Terry Sue-Patt played Benny Green in the BBC children’s TV series between 1978 and 1982.

Scotland Yard said officers forced their way into a Northcote Road flat in Walthamstow on May 22 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 50-year-old actor.

Erkan Mustafa, who played Roland Browning in Grange Hill, wrote on Twitter: “Rip terry sue patt aka #bennygreen#grangehill legend you will be missed by true friends.”Grange Hill Benny Green actor Terry Sue Patt dead at 50

Lee MacDonald, who played Zammo Maguire, wrote: “R.I.P Terry Sue-Patt the memories of our times together will never be forgotten! Love you FOREVER Xxxxxxxxxxxx.”

According to police, it was called to the apartment 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.

Grange Hill, created by Phil Redmond, ran for 30 years between 1978 and 2008.

Originally set in the fictional north London borough of Northam, it later moved to Liverpool.

Grange Hill was considered controversial by some parents who complained about storylines including teenage pregnancy and racism.