Children's TV host Geoffrey Hayes dies at 76
Geoffrey Hayes was an English television presenter, writer, and actor. He was well-known as the host of Thames Television’s top-rated children’s show “Rainbow.”
It’s been reported that he passed away surrounded by family. He died at age 76 at a hospital but his cause of death hasn’t been revealed.
Geoffrey Hayes’ manager, Phil Dale, announced a statement about the star’s passing. He stated:
“It is with great sadness that the family announce that Geoffrey passed away in a hospital with his wife, Sarah, and son, Tom, by his side.”
Hayes was born on March 13, 1942, and besides appearing on “Rainbow,” he also portrayed Detective Constable Scatliff on the TV series “Z Cars.”
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Hayes’ family has requested some privacy as they mourn his passing and added that no further communication would be given at this time.
The actor and presenter died in hospital surrounded by his family, according to his manager https://t.co/J95tvDBZNr— BBC News Entertainment (@BBCNewsEnts) October 1, 2018
The star appeared in “Rainbow” from 1973 to 1992, alongside three puppets named Zippy, Bungle, and George. The children’s show focused on the Rainbow House.
Goodbye to yet another part of our childhood 😢. Rainbow presenter Geoffrey Hayes dies aged 76 pic.twitter.com/EtoVSAVEwZ— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) October 1, 2018
This was where all the main characters lived, and they would often argue with Hayes who would try to be their mediator. “Rainbow” was filled with songs and guest appearances, and episodes that often featured themes.
When the show was cancelled, the actor struggled to find work. He had to get work stacking shelves in a supermarket before becoming a taxi driver.
He featured in “Z Cars” in the early 70s, and once starred in a pantomime alongside “EastEnders’” Shane Richie. In 2005 he featured in “Is This The Way To Amarillo.”
Besides acting, Hayes authored books like “Benny and Penny.” The star has written and illustrated over 40 children's books, including “Otto and Uncle Tooth,” “Bear by Himself,” the “Patrick Bear” books, and “When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal.”