He was 68 years old.
“It is with great sadness that we are to announce the death of Jay on April 4 due to complications from COVID-19 infection,” said his official website.
His agency, TSG, also shared the news “With great sadness,” said, “Our thoughts are with his family.” No further details were given.
Benedict has appeared in a number of major films, including as Newt’s father in James Cameron’s “Aliens” and as a “rich twit” in the latest film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises “, Shows IMDb.
The California-born actor moved to Europe when he was a child and conceded that he looked “more English than American”. In the UK he found fame in one of the biggest soap operas, “Emmerdale”, as well as in the crime drama “Foyle’s War”, and was married to actress Phoebe Scholfield.
His voice was as famous as his face, he conceded in his biography, after providing audio for documentaries, commercials and video games.
“The irritating and soothing voice that asks you to sit down and turn off your cell phone is probably him: so now you know who to blame,” said his biography about his voiceover work in the announcements.