BREAKING Star Trek actor Rene Auberjonois dead: the actor has died aged 79

Star Trek actor Rene Auberjonois has died aged 79 following a battle with metastatic lung cancer.

The star who was best known for his roles in The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, M*A*S*H and Benson passed away at his family home in Los Angeles.

Rene's son, Remy-Luc confirmed the news.

He also starred in Boston Legal, appearing in 71 episodes as Paul Lewiston.

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Speaking about his roles in 2011, Rene said: "I am all of those characters."

He also joked that fans claimed he was their cousin or their dry cleaner.

Deep Space Nine co-star Armin Shimerman, who played Quark in the sensation posted a tribute, reading: "It is with great heartache and loss I share the passing of dear, dear Rene Auberjonois.

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"His last message to me was entitled 'Don't forget…' I know that I, Kitty and all that knew him will never forget. The world seems noticeably emptier now. I loved him."

Rene is survived by his wife, Judith Auberjonois who he had been married to for 56-years.

Fans flooded Twitter as the news broke, with one fan saying: "I adored his work. RIP."

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A second tweeted: "So deeply saddened to hear of the passing of @reneauberjonois, a hugely talented actor.

"I will always remember Rene as Security Chief Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is a great loss for the Star Trek Universe.

"God bless you, Rene. And thank you."

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While a third added: "Crushed to hear about Rene Auberjonois. He managed to bring heart and depth to an amorphous blob.

"If that's not acting chops, I don't know what is. He will be missed."

The heartbreaking news comes just days after Star Trek actor Robert Walker Jr, died aged 79.

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