BREAKING: English Actor Matthew Robert Smith dies aged 35

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Actor Matt Smith who plays as best known for his role as the 11th incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC series Doctor, he died following a brief hospitalization, a close family source revealed Wednesday Evening.

The 35-year-old actor fell ill and was rushed to the hospital early this week where he was admitted. “We are in utter shock and disbelief right now,” the source said while confirming his death. “I know there will be much more to say in the coming days, and that so many of his fans will want to do everything they can to express their grief and to show support for the bereaved family.”

Smith made his television debut in Sally Lockhart Mysteries: The Ruby in the Smoke(2006) and won several further roles on television but was largely unknown when he was announced as the surprise choice for the role of the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who. He was younger than any other actor to have taken the role (Peter Davison was previously the youngest, aged 29 when he was cast in 1981).

Smith starred in 49 episodes of Doctor Who (three short of his predecessor, David Tennant). He left in the momentous 50th anniversary year of the Doctor Who legend in 2013, which included starring in the 50th anniversary special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013), which found him acting with Tennant, guest star John Hurt and the oldest living and longest-serving actor to play the Doctor,

He studied drama and creative writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.
At 26, he was the youngest actor to be cast as the Doctor in the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who (2005). The youngest had previously been Peter Davison, who was 29 when he was cast in Doctor Who (1963) in 1981.
He is very into music. He can play the guitar and enjoys buying and collecting records. His favourite band is Radiohead.

He was voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for his work on the 2010 Season.
Of the eleven actors to play the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who (1996) and Doctor Who (2005), he and Christopher Eccleston are the only two who never worked with the late Nicholas Courtney, who played Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in the former from 1968 to 1989 as well as in numerous Big Finish audio dramas.
He owns the tweed jacket that his Eleventh Doctor usually wears.

He is the first actor to play the Doctor to be born after the death of William Hartnell, the first (and earliest born) actor to play the Doctor (who died in 1975). Had Hartnell lived long enough, he would have been nearly 75 when Smith was born.
He was the first lead actor in Doctor Who (2005) to be nominated for a BAFTA Best TV actor.
He was discovered by agent Wendy Padbury. Prior to becoming an agent, Padbury had been an actress; one of her best-known roles was as the Second Doctor’s companion Zoe Heriot on Doctor Who (1963).
Unlike his predecessor, David Tennant, he was not a fan of Doctor Who (1963) growing up. The original series was taken off the air shortly after his seventh birthday due to poor viewing figures.

He is well-known to co-stars for being extremely clumsy. Producers have even taken bets on how long it will take him to break props.
He is a Blackburn Rovers Football Club fan.
He is the first actor since Sylvester McCoy to have his face in the opening credits of Doctor Who (2005).

The actor is loved by many, and with a heavy heart it will be hard to say goodbye. The family is yet to make an official statement on his demise. However, tributes continue to pour in on social media for him with many saying they are extremely heartbroken over his loss.