Australian actor John Walton has died at the age of 62.

Reports suggest he had been suffering from a long illness, but no further details about his death were available as Wenn went to press.

Walton is best known as a Tv heartthrob for his role in Australian soap opera The Young Doctors.

He spent two seasons playing Dr. Craig Rothwell in the 1970s, and his former co-star Cornelia Frances has paid tribute to the actor, saying, "We were like a huge family. Of all the handsome doctors he was the most popular. It's so sad. He was such a beautiful man and a giver as an actor and a person. He was just one of the lovely people that you happen to meet and get on with. Everyone loved him. He didn't have an enemy in the world."

Walton also enjoyed roles in Australian shows such as The Sullivans, Home and Away, Blue Heelers and A Country Practice.