Author Colin Dexter
, whose novels spawned the successful crime-drama series “Inspector Morse
,” died Tuesday at his home in Oxford, England. He was 86.
His 13 “Morse” novels were adapted for the series starring John Thaw
, which aired on broadcaster ITV in the U.K. and was distributed across the world. Dexter’s publisher announced the news in a statement on Tuesday: “With immense sadness, MacMillan announces the death of Colin Dexter
, who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning.”Kevin Whately
, who played Morse’s sidekick Lewis
in the series, described Dexter as “impish and bubbly and always fascinated with everybody and everything,” the BBC reported.Kevin Lygo
, director of television at ITV, said “Inspector Morse
” was “one of the nation’s best-loved shows,” and Thaw’s “irascible detective with a love for crosswords, real ale, and classical music” was one of the most popular characters of all time.
“Through 33 feature-length stories, the