Line of Duty star's cause of death revealed by grieving family

The Line of Duty star Brian McCardie sadly passed away due to a major artery tear in his heart, his heartbroken family have commented. Known for playing Tommy Hunter in the police drama, as well as notable roles in Outlander, Brian has left a significant mark on the acting scene.

Taking to social media to share details of his upcoming funeral after tragically passing away on Sunday, 28 April, his sister confirmed that Brian suffered an aortic dissection - a rare and deadly condition where the weakened wall of the aorta tears, reports the Mirror.

The heart-wrenching social media announcement read: "Hi all, the McCardie family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support regarding the sudden passing of Brian James McCardie, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend.

Brian McCardie played Tommy Hunter in Line of Duty and died at the age of 59
Brian McCardie played Tommy Hunter in Line of Duty and died at the age of 59 -Credit:ITV

"Brian died due to an aortic dissection, causing short pain and a sudden death. There will be a funeral mass held on Thursday 23rd May at 11.30am at St Mary's Church, 70 Bannatyne Street, Lanark."

She continued: "We then move on at 1.30pm to Holytown Crematorium, Memorial Way, Holytown, Motherwell, where we will celebrate Brian's life before he takes his final bow. There will be links available to both the mass and the cremation service for those who cannot attend in person."

Concluding the post, his sister heartbreakingly added: "We will feel your support from afar. With love and thanks, The McCardie family, Eddie, Moira, Martin, Ed, Liz and Sarah. Xxx."

Brian McCardie
Brian has left a significant mark on the acting scene -Credit:Dan Wooller/REX/Shutterstock

News of his tragic passing was shared by his wife Sarah on X, formerly known as Twitter last month. She wrote: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie, beloved son, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many."

Adding further sorrow she penned: "Brian passed away suddenly at home on Sunday 28th April. A wonderful and passionate actor on stage and screen, Brian loved his work and touched many lives, and is gone much too soon. We love him and will miss him greatly; please remember Brian in your thoughts. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the days ahead."

The news left many people saddened including producer Peter Broughan who said: "Shocked to hear that. Great memories of working with him on Rob Roy. Requiescat in pace."

Brian McCardie
Tributes poured in for the actor following news of his tragic passing -Credit:BBC Scotland

Author Paul Larkin also expressed his grief on X and said: "Shocked and devastated to learn of the passing of Brian McCardie. Brian was a brilliant friend and we had many discussions about mental health issues where he was a fantastic help to me. As well as that; he was a phenomenal actor. Sleep tight Brother."

Director Alan Bowman Clarke also posted: "I'm saddened to hear about the death of legendary actor #brianmccardie. I spoke to him a few times about projects and always found him genuine, passionate, generous and funny. I wrote a part for him in a future project. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues."

The team behind Line Of Duty, including producers Jed Mercurio and Simon Heath, released a statement which read: "We are deeply saddened to hear of Brian McCardie's death. We feel honoured to have worked with Brian on Line Of Duty. Brian was an incredibly talented actor, and the lasting impact he had as Tommy Hunter is testament to the power of his performance. Off screen, Brian couldn't have been more different from the character he played he was warm, funny and charming. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time."