Seinfeld actor Len Lesser, who played Uncle Leo on the show, has died at the age of 88.

Lesser died from cancer related pneumonia in Burbank, California.

In a statement, Lesser’s daughter Michele said: “Heaven got a great comedian and actor today.”

“The outpouring of sympathy we’ve already received has been amazing and is so greatly appreciated.

“Thank you to all the people who helped make my father’s last journey special and surrounded with love.”

Popular with Seinfeld fans, Uncle Leo was famed for his catchphrase “Jerry, hello”.

Born on December 3 1922 in New York as Leonard King, he graduated from the City College of New York in 1942 with a degree in economics and government.

After serving in the Army in WWII, he studied acting in New York and moved to Los Angeles in 1954.

As well as his central role in Seinfeld, Lesser appeared in TV shows including TV shows including Get Smart, The Munsters and The Monkees, more recently appearing in ER, Everybody Loves Raymond and Castle.

He also starred in movies including Kelly’s Heroes, Birdman of Alcatraz and Death Hunt.

Lesser leaves behind his daughter Michele, son David, daughter-in-law Julie and grandchildren Jonathan, Kayla and Mayah.