Steve Brookstein has hit out at Leslie Grantham following the actor’s death.

The former X Factor winner expressed his views on social media that Grantham’s life should not be celebrated because he was previously convicted of murder.

Grantham served 10 years in prison for killing a taxi driver during an attempted robbery in Germany in 1966, while he was in the Army. He would go on to play the iconic role of Dirty Den on BBC soap EastEnders.

“Leslie Grantham has died,” Brookstein tweeted. “As a young man, he shot dead a taxi driver in an attempted robbery.

“Grantham served ‘life’ (ten years). He came out and created a new life as an actor. Became famous and then died. My thoughts are with the family of the taxi driver.”

Grantham passed away at the age of 71 following a short illness.

Speaking in 2016 about the pain caused by his past actions, he said: “Life isn’t a straight line. It’s like travelling the motorway.

“Every now and then, you have to take a diversion. Unfortunately, some of my diversions have been quite catastrophic. But I’m safe in the knowledge that what I do now is good.

“Of course I have regrets, but you can’t go round wearing a hair shirt all your life, otherwise you’ll never get out of bed in the morning. I f**ked up, now I’m going to move on.”

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