David Soul, the iconic TV star best known for his role as Detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson on the beloved series “Starsky & Hutch,” has passed away at the age of 80. His departure leaves a void in the entertainment world, but his legacy as a talented actor, singer, and storyteller will forever shine bright.

Soul’s wife, Helen Snell, announced the heartbreaking news, revealing that he departed “after a valiant battle for life in the loving company of family.” A multifaceted talent, Soul had an extraordinary career that touched the hearts of many.

The enduring appeal of “Starsky & Hutch” is a testament to Soul’s remarkable portrayal of Detective Hutchinson. The buddy cop drama, which aired from 1975 to 1979, became a cultural phenomenon. Soul’s chemistry with his on-screen partner, Paul Michael Glaser as David Michael Starsky, was nothing short of electric. Together, they captured the essence of crime-fighting camaraderie, making them unforgettable.

But Soul’s talents extended far beyond the streets of Bay City. He donned the director’s hat for three episodes of “Starsky & Hutch,” showcasing his versatility. His career also included memorable roles such as Joshua Bolt in “Here Come the Brides” and Officer John Davis in “Magnum Force.”

Beyond acting, Soul ventured into the music industry, leaving a mark with hits like “Don’t Give Up on Us” (1976) and “Silver Lady” (1977). His music resonated with fans, proving that he was not confined to a single talent.

Soul’s journey to stardom began in Chicago and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before he ventured into the world of theater in the 1960s. His critically acclaimed stint as the “Covered Man” on “The Merv Griffin Show” in 1966 was just the beginning. He graced iconic TV series such as “Star Trek,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “McMillan & Wife,” “Cannon,” “Gunsmoke,” and “All in the Family” with his presence.

In the 1990s, Soul embarked on a new chapter in England, where he pursued his dream of gracing the West End stage. His performances in “Comic Potential” as Chandler Tate, “Blood Brothers” as the Narrator, and “Jerry Springer — The Opera” as Jerry Springer left audiences in awe. He became a British citizen in 2004, and his heartfelt explanation resonated with many: “I found a home.”

While Soul’s journey had its share of ups and downs, he remained a resilient and beloved figure in the industry. His personal life, including multiple marriages and legal troubles, revealed a complex human being who faced both triumphs and challenges.

David Soul is survived by his wife, Helen Snell, and his six children—five sons and a daughter. His enduring impact on the entertainment world, from the gritty streets of “Starsky & Hutch” to the grand stages of London, will be cherished by generations to come.

As we bid farewell to a true icon, we remember David Soul not just as Detective Hutchinson but as a multifaceted artist who shared his talents with the world. His smile, laughter, and passion for life will forever be etched in our hearts. Rest in peace, David Soul, and thank you for the unforgettable moments you’ve given us.