The family of a theatre star who has died aged just 39 have described him as “the life and soul of every party”.
Professional actor Paul Clarke died in Ninewells Hospital after developing an infection and complications with a pacemaker he had fitted 19 years ago.
He used the stage name Paul Dundee and was well-known for his theatre performances both in the city and further afield, and rubbed shoulders with big names including Billy Connolly, David Tennant and Status Quo’s Francis Rossi.
Paul’s wife Angela, 37, principal teacher of biology at St John’s High School, said: “Paul was the life and soul of every party. He lit up a room and made everyone immediately feel better.
“He fought right up to the end and was loved by everyone he met. He’s going to be missed by everyone he knew.”
Angela said Paul was fitted with a pacemaker when he was 20. Not long after she met him, in 2009, he began to develop shaking episodes.
“He wasn’t too worried about it but over the years they started to get worse,” she said. “Paul went back and forward to the hospital for various tests and eventually he got a diagnosis in April of last year.
“He was suffering from an infection and complications connected to his pacemaker. He also had blood clots on both his lungs.”
Paul became more unwell and spent six weeks in Ninewells before being transferred to the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge for surgery.
Angela said: “Following the surgery, everything went well initially and Paul seemed to bounce back.
“However, that wasn’t to last and Paul ended up back in Ninewells where he passed away on August 26.”
Paul’s mum Agnes Clarke said that when he was a pupil at Park Place Primary, his teacher told her Paul’s name would end up in lights.
She added: “He went on to become an actor, using the stage name of Paul Dundee because he loved his home city so much.”