The family of Edward Kelsey, best known as Ted, confirmed the news of his death in a statement obtained by the Belfast Telegraph. They said: "Ted counted himself immensely lucky that he was able to enjoy a long and varied career doing the thing that he loved, entertaining an audience, and fortunate indeed to have met and worked with so many talented, generous, creative people along the way.He embodied the principle that the show must always go on – his chief concern through increasing ill health the need to convince medical staff he was fit enough to record with his ‘extended family’ in Birmingham. He had an insatiably curious mind and never lost his appetite for lively conversation, good company and, of course, a great storyline.”
He was a much-loved and respected member of our Ambridge family.
Edward's cause of death is currently unknown, but it is believed he died yesterday.
The actor's most famous role saw him as Joe Grundy on BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers for 34 years.
He took over the character from Haydn Jones in 1985.
According to the BBC, he recorded his final scenes earlier this month, which will be aired in coming weeks.
His first on-screen appearance saw him as the irascible patriarch of the Grundy clan.
Edward also voiced the characters Colonel K and Baron Silas Greenback on the 1980s children's series Danger Mouse.
Edward Kelsey: Archers actor has died aged 88 (Image: BBC)