The family of Line of Duty actor Brian McCardie has revealed that he died following a tear in a major artery to his heart.

The actor was best known for his role as John Thomas 'Tommy' Hunter in the BBC police drama in which he starred alongside Martin Compston and Vicky McClure. 

McCardie also appeared in the BBC prison drama Time as Jackson Jones as well as appearing as Gillman in the 2013 adaption of Irvine Welsh’s Filth.

He later played roles in five episodes of Irvine Welsh's Crime and famously featured in the 1995 film Rob Roy as Alasdair McGregor.

Brian was also due to star in the upcoming Outlander series spin-off, Outlander: Blood of My Blood as Isaac, the leader of Clan Grant.

In April, his sister Sarah announced the sad news that McCardie had died aged 59.

Line of Duty Brian McCardie's cause of death revealed 

Sharing a post to X, formerly Twitter, Sarah said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie, beloved son, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many.

"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 late actor's agent, Ruth Young also shared a touching tribute, sharing: "We are shocked and so deeply saddened by the tragic news of Brian’s sudden death.

"He was an actor of such great talent who we were lucky to represent,  and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time."

A tribute was also shared by producer Peter Broughan, who added: "Shocked to hear that. Great memories of working with him on Rob Roy. Requiescat in pace".