Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Jake Abraham dies at 56 – months after admitting he left it too late to be diagnosed with cancer
Jake Abraham has passed away at the age of 56.
The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star has died just months after sharing his regrets about not being diagnosed with cancer sooner.
The Liverpool native opened up about his condition in July, admitting he was ‘too late’ to see doctors after feeling unwell for a while.
The actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which later spread to the rest of his body, causing tumors on his spine, hips and bladder.
When news of Jake’s passing emerged online, friends and fans flooded X, formerly Twitter, with condolence messages.
News: Jake Abraham (photo) has died at the age of 56
Career: In addition to his best-known performances in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (pictured), he also appeared in Prisoners Wives, Holby City, The Bill and Red Dwarf
Actress Tina Malone, who described Jake as her theater husband, said: “I am devastated, my film and theater husband, my partner of 50 years is gone.
‘Talented, funny, kind, a true Liverpool legend RIP my love.’
Meanwhile, radio personality Pete Price said: “Another wonderful, kind, talented friend has passed away. Jake will be so missed. I’ve always enjoyed his performances.’
Another social media account wrote: ‘Such sad news today. Jake Abraham, one of the city’s most beloved actors, has died at the age of 56.
Another said: ‘Liverpool have lost a great talent and a great man in Jake Abraham. thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Another person said, “God bless you, Jake. Always a little bit of diamond. Very sad news. I’m glad I shared a few boss memories with you over the years. Goodnight, RIP buddy.”
Jake, who recently appeared on stage in pantomime The Scouse Jack and the Beanstalk, said he finally went to his GP after a long period of illness.
He told the Liverpool ECHO: ‘I was working but I wasn’t feeling well. I was dealing with those periods when you don’t feel yourself, you don’t have the energy and there are aches and pains.
Response: When news of Jake’s passing emerged online, friends and fans flooded X, formerly Twitter, with messages of condolence
“The costume for the play was huge, I knew I wasn’t well at the time, but I hadn’t been well for so long.
‘What made me go to the doctor and get a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test was that I had blood in my urine.
‘I took a test and got into the Royal. He said, ‘You have cancer, I’m so sorry.’ He said I’d had it for years, maybe four years.’
Jake initially received radiotherapy treatment, but after a while they changed his treatment plan to palliative care.
The star said he was told at the time he had months or years to live.
Due to his late diagnosis, he was keen to encourage others to get themselves checked if they feel ill.
In addition to his best-known performances in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, he also appeared in Prisoners Wives, Holby City, The Bill and Red Dwarf.
WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER?
How many people does it kill?
More than 11,800 men in Britain – or one every 45 minutes – die from the disease every year, compared to around 11,400 women who die from breast cancer.
It means prostate cancer is behind only the lungs and bowels in the number of people it kills in Britain.
In the US, the disease kills 26,000 men every year.
Despite this, it receives less than half of breast cancer research funding and treatments for the disease are at least a decade behind schedule.
How many men are diagnosed annually?
More than 52,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year – more than 140 every day.
How quickly does it develop?
Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs that someone has it for years NHS.
If the cancer is in its early stages and is not causing symptoms, a policy of ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘active surveillance’ may be implemented.
Some patients can be cured if the disease is treated at an early stage.
But if the diagnosis is made at a later stage, when the disease has spread, the disease becomes terminal and treatment revolves around relieving the symptoms.
Thousands of men are deterred from seeking a diagnosis because of the treatment’s known side effects, including erectile dysfunction.
Testing and treatment
Tests for prostate cancer are haphazard, and accurate tools are only just beginning to appear.
There is no national prostate screening program because the tests have been too inaccurate for years.
Doctors have difficulty distinguishing between aggressive and less serious tumors, making it difficult to decide on treatment.
Men over 50 are eligible for a ‘PSA’ blood test, which gives doctors a rough idea of a patient’s risk.
But it is unreliable. Patients who receive a positive result usually receive a biopsy, which is also not foolproof.
Scientists aren’t sure what causes prostate cancer, but age, obesity and lack of exercise are known risks.
Anyone with concerns can speak to the specialist nurses at Prostate Cancer UK on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecancer.org