"Thank you for the memories": 'Rainbow' children's TV show presenter Geoffrey Hayes dies at 76
Geoffrey Hayes is best remembered for his interaction with the three puppet members of the 'Rainbow' household, whom he called Zippy, Bungle, and George
According to a recent news report, Geoffrey Hayes, the beloved presenter of the popular kids' show 'Rainbow' has died at the age of 76. The TV star's manager Phil Dale announced his death in a statement issued to the press on Monday, revealed the Daily Star. He said: "It is with great sadness that the family announce that Geoffrey passed away in the hospital with his wife, Sarah, and son, Tom, by his side."
He went on to add, "Geoffrey Hayes, born 13 March 1942, was an English television presenter and actor, best known as the host of Thames Television's top-rated children's show Rainbow. And for his portrayal of Detective Constable Scatliff in the successful TV series Z Cars for the BBC."
The statement continued: "The family would like to express their thanks to the many fans over the years, as it always gave Geoffrey so much pleasure to know that he and his Rainbow team had given so much fun to TV and theatre audiences. There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be appreciated if the privacy of Geoffrey's family is respected at this most difficult time."
According to reports, Hayes became a popular name household name through his role as presenter in the TV show, right after he replaced original 'Rainbow' host David Cook in 1974. For those who may not remember, Hayes interacted with the three puppet members of the 'Rainbow' household, whom he called Zippy, Bungle, and George.
Before he shot to fame in the world of television, Hayes made a number of small screen appearances, where he played DC Dave Scatliff in BBC One police drama 'Z-Cars' from 1971 to 1974. His work dwindled quite a lot after 'Rainbow' was over, but he took charge of his career with appearances on game shows including BBC's 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' and 'Pointless'.
As soon as news of his death reached the internet, scores of fans took to social media to pay tribute to the Brit talent. One Twitter user commented: "So sad to hear that Geoffrey Hayes from Rainbow has passed away at the age of 76. Thank you for the memories. RIP." Another wrote: "Oh no, not Geoffrey Hayes. Farewell, you brilliant smiley chap."