Rolf Harris dies

Rolf Harris dies

Disgraced former entertainer Rolf Harris, convicted of the sexual assaults of four underage girls, has died at the age of 93.

A cause of death is not yet known.

Harris was found guilty of a series of indecent assaults between 1968 and 1986 following a trial in 2014 and was jailed for five years and nine months.

A conviction, relating to a charge of indecently assaulting an eight-year-old girl, was later overturned. But the judges of the Court of Appeal rejected his request to appeal the other 11 convictions.

The victims included two girls in their early teens and a friend of his daughter.

He was released from prison in 2017, but has never apologized to his victims.

Before his crimes came to light, Harris had been a fixture of family entertainment for more than 50 years in the UK and Australia.

The WA-born performer sang Aussie songs, introducing a “swinging plank” for “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport,” as well as hits “Jake the Peg” and “Two Little Boys.”

During the 1960s and 1970s, he became a successful television personality later hosting shows such as The Rolf Harris Show, Rolf’s Cartoon Club AND Veterinary clinic. In Australia he hosted Rolf’s walkexecuted to 1982 the commonwealth games and appeared on Australia’s Amateur Hour radio show, among other credits.

In 2006 Harris painted a portrait of the late Queen to celebrate her 80th birthday.

During his career he was appointed OBE, MBE and CBE and received a BAFTA fellowship, but was stripped of honors as a result of his convictions.

Source: BBC