Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter dies

Katie RamirezMar 24, 2017

A statement from Dexter's publisher, Macmillan, confirmed that he had died at home on Tuesday.

MacMillan's publisher Jeremy Trevathan added that Dexter's death represented a "tectonic shift in the worldwide crime writing scene".

"He was one of those television characters who the nation took to their hearts". His final Morse story, The Remorseful Day, appeared in 1999.

Crime writer Ian Rankin tweeted that Dexter was "a gentle man with a steel mind; and the creator of such an iconic character".

Last Bus to Woodstock, published in 1975, introduced Morse, a detective with a love of real ale, classical music and crosswords - and for a long time, no first name, at least not one disclosed to readers.

Mr Dexter, who is survived by wife Dorothy, son Jeremy and daughter Sally, also picked up The Golden Dagger Award for the crime novel of the year in 1989 and again in 1992.

The show's producers once claimed to The Washington Post that 1 billion people around the world watched Inspector Morse and his sidekick Sgt. Lewis bring culprits to justice or at least to public exposure.

Val McDermid said: "Deeply sorry to hear of the death of my good friend Colin Dexter".

Born Norman Colin Dexter on Sept 29, 1930, in the town of Stamford in the English midlands, Dexter served in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British army, before going on to study at Christ's College, Cambridge.

Morse was played by the late John Thaw in a successful TV version that ran from 1987 to 2000.

"He might say, 'I wish you'd made me a slightly less miserable blighter and slightly more generous, and you could have painted me in a little bit of a better light"'.

Having won a number of writing awards in his career, Dexter was awarded an OBE in 2000 for his services to literature. Whately revealed Dexter loved making cameo appearances in the drama series inspired by his books and short stories, but he wasn't great in front of the camera.

"If he had bought me a drink, a large Glenfiddich or something, that would have been very nice, but knowing him I doubt he would have done - Lewis always bought all the drinks".

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