(CNN) - Actor Christopher Cazenove died in a London hospital after a month-long battle with a blood infection Wednesday, his family said.
Cazenove was best known for the role of Ben Carrington on TV's "Dynasty," although he appeared on hundreds of television shows over the past four decades.
His death came one week after that of John Forsythe, who played his nemesis on the 1980s prime-time soap opera.
Cazenove, a British-born actor, contracted septicemia in late February, said a statement from his partner, Isabel Davis, and family.
"Despite a valiant fight and the untiring efforts of the wonderful team at St Thomas', he was eventually overwhelmed," the statement said.
Before "Dynasty," Cazenove was well known in the United Kingdom for playing Charles Haslemere in the British series "The Duchess of Duke Street."
He was 66, according to the Internet Movie Database.
- CNN's Jack Hannah contributed to this report.
My Mom had sepsis in 1997. It's a HORRIBLE sickness, getting into your bloodstream. My Mom was about 2 hours from dying but they caught it in time. It started from a sinus infection that wasn't a typical infection. She was EXTREMELY ill, throwing up part of the lining of her stomach. BAD.
A number of years ago, about the same time, a VERY dear friend of mine had sepsis too. Her's was detected early as well. THANKFULLY, She and my Mom were VERY lucky. Sepsis CAN BE misdiagnosed, so be VERY careful. If it advances too far, your chances are very slim to none. :o(
I saw him in The Duchess of Duke Street when I was young, and I could never forget either the actor or the character, Charlie, Louisa's love. He was brilliant, and I am very sorry to read that he has gone. My condolences to his family.
I collect vintage magazines from the '50's. I saw a picture of Joan Collins in one. I didn't know she was that old.
He was also the fiance of Sylvia in 3 Men and a Little Lady who wanted to send Mary to boarding school. He was a right so and so in that movie. I also remember him in Duchess of Duke Street. He was a great actor and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
I liked him in "Dynasty". But my favorite role was also the TV movie "Tears in the Rain" with a young Sharon Stone. It was a tear jerking but I still love it. It's nice to know it is available on DVD . May he RIP and his family find comfort in knowing he will be remembered.
Ah, what a wonderful actor he was. Didn't watch "Dynasty", but LOVED
John Forsythe: that face, that voice.
But Mr. Cazenove was so good in "The Duchess of Duke Street". He did his "job" so well. Made acting look natural.
May his family find some peace in knowing that he left behind his wonderful acting for all of us to enjoy.
Thank you, Christopher..........................Godspeed.
Dynasty was quite a hit & I loved watching him on Tv. He was a good actor. My heart goes out to his family at this time of grief. May the Lord comfort you all.
RIP Christopher! you were a lovely person and I am happy I had the opportunity to meet you.
nothing left in the world to trust,,,,,,,:( tearsssssssss ,,,
I'm Dynasty lover ,,,,& I feel sooooooo sad,,,,one of the best shows,,,,
I prefer to remember him as the wonderful actor in one of my favorite British TV series "The Duchess of Duke Street" (NetFlix it!). He exuded a charming intelligence. He truly entertained with his thoughtful performances.
I remeber him from one of Sharon Stone's first movies, I think, for TV called "Tears in the Rain". He played an aristocrat (naturally). I fell in love with him then. I finally had to order the DVD online so I could watch it every now and then. It's a chessy movie but really showcases both of them. Leigh Lawton was also in it (Twiggy's husband).
sounds like sarah palin shot him from her helicoptor.
I remember him well from the series "The Duchess of Duke Street" . Until now I wasn't aware that he had featured in "Dynasty", but I never watched that series. A gifted actor – and gone too soon.
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Too young to die...he must have suffered greatly! That stuff is nasty! Dynasty will always be remembered by it's old and the beautiful!
May God almight give the family of christopher cazenove the heart to bear the last their son who pass out yesterday
I too watched and loved this show and I remember the "character" Ben Carrington, but I for the life of me do not reconize this person. My sympathey however to his family. It was a great show while it lasted.
I remember Ben Carrington hating his brother blake quite vividly...RIP to both John and Chris...Luckily Diahann Carroll (who played their sister) has a new movie out so it won't be her taking the plunge next!
I too, loved him on "The Duchess of Duke Street," and have never forgotten him from that series, one of the greatest "Masterpiece Theatre" productions ever done!
He was terricic as Henry Higgins in a touring stage production of "My Fair Lady" and was always a charismatic performer.
My sympathies to his family and friends.
Septicaemia is a cop-out for a diagnosis. It is an umbrella term. What was the real infection that killed him please?
I didn't watch "Dynasty," but he was wonderful in "Duchess of Duke Street."
So sad. Bad week for Dynasty actors.
I watched the show and I can't remember the dude....
Rest in peace and thanks for the memories.
My sympathy to Christopher Cazenove's family and friends
Holy Scmolly...I wouldnt have recognized him from 3 Men and a little Lady! RIP
What's wrong with you people? Someone died here, his familiy and friends are hurting, and all you can do is come up insensitive comments that you think are cute and funny? Wrong!
Much to young to die; sorry. The rest of the crew members of Dynasty might want to think about their future.....
James, Mac, I'm thinkin' the same thing: ninja assassins are stalking the cast of Die Nasty! It's a job for Charlie's Angels . . .
It's not JR that Im sure of ;-)
Somebody's killing off Dynasty characters! Lower the barge, corpsman!
They go in 3's. Look out Joan Collins!
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