Tributes to actor found dead in Menai Bridge

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Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

TRIBUTES have been pouring in for “talented” actor Dafydd Dafis who was found dead in Menai Bridge on Monday.

Amongst his many roles, the 58-year-old, originally from Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham, is known for playing the role of a father in S4C’s Rownd a Rownd. He previously lived in Bangor and Cardiff.

Described as “hugely talented”, Dafydd was highly regarded as an actor in Wales. He was also as an accomplished musician, had recorded albums, and was well known as a saxophone player, with a love for jazz.

He was brought up in the village of Rhos and attended Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham before studying at the College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in the 1970s. He worked for Cwmni Theatr Cymru and featured in several major S4C series in a long career.

Dozens of people have been moved by his death and placed tributes online, including Assembly Member Rhun Ap Iorweth.

Mr Ap Iorweth wrote on Twitter: “I never got the chance to personally meey Dafydd Dafis, but I am saddened to hear of his death. Ty Coz will be a favourite song for many throughout time. In the words of Iwan Llwyd: His voice will ring eternal.”

Ian Jones, chief executive of S4C, said he had a huge range of talents and that they had learnt of his death with great sadness.

“He had a huge range of talents and contributed significantly to many of the series and programmes on S4C from the early days of the channel onwards.

“He showed the same ability in performing as a singer and jazz musician in several music series and prominent concerts. He will be greatly missed and we would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Mark Hayes on Facebook said: “Dafydd Dafis, sad, very sad. Worked with Dafydd on different TV programmes, a very sad ending for a truly special man.”

Fiona Bennett-Heritage on Facebook: “I have just heard about the tragic death of my pal, Dafydd Dafis. Daf and I recorded one of my songs in both English and Welsh at the Sain Studios in 1993.

“I stood in the control room... feeling deeply honoured he had agreed to sing on the album. He was a complex character, a wonderfully committed and dedicated musician and an almost ridiculously modest man.

“I am absolutely stunned to hear about this, he had such talent and more importantly, was a lovely human being. I am listening to us singing together on the CD now and can’t believe he’s gone. RIP Daf, I’ll never forget you x.”

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