"Viv was stable throughout Tuesday, but suddenly took a turn for the worse in the afternoon. Doctors continued to keep him on life support and a respirator, but he deteriorated rapidly and later died. Doctors advised that the stroke manifested at the stem of the brain and that the haemorrhaging was such that an operation was impossible. Viv suffered no pain and passed peacefully, doctors said."
Funeral details will be announced in due course, but a memorial service is planned for Sunday, 27 October at the Athenaeum in Central at 2pm.