Actor Gorden Kaye, known for his role as Rene in hit British sitcom 'Allo 'Allo has died in a care home this morning, his agent told BBC news.

Kaye played the iconic role of cafe owner Rene throughout the show's run from 1982 to 1992. The comedy was set during the Nazi occupation in France and was written by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd.

Kaye rarely appeared on screen after the sitcom finished up after he was seriously injured in a car accident, although he did appear on stage versions of the show.

"Gorden Kaye was a terrific comic actor whose signature role, Rene Artois, earned his place in the comedy hall of fame," Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning said.

"He was instrumental in making 'Allo 'Allo! such a long running and well-loved series.

"His work lives on and thoughts are with friends and loved ones at this sad time."