LOIS + Clark: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN star Lane Smith has lost his battle with neuromuscular disease ALS and died in California, according to internet reports.

The actor, 69, played PERRY WHITE in the hit TV series.

In a posting on Superman fansite KRYPTONSITE.COM, a family statement reads, "Thanks for your concern and good wishes and prayers. We are sorry to tell you that my uncle Lane Smith died earlier today (14JUN05), a blessed relief from his ALS. Thank you so much for your support."

Smith's other credits include roles in RED DAWN, AIR AMERICA and THE MIGHTY DUCKS.

14/06/2005 21:41