A 24-year-old man who died after taking ill on a ship docked at Aberdeen harbour was the son of former Brookside star Paul Usher.
Trainee rigger James Usher was onboard Technip’s supply vessel Skandia Achiever at Commercial Quay when he became unwell in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
His colleagues alerted the emergency services but he later died at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Police are now investigating the death, although it is not believed to be suspicious.
TV star Mr Usher sen, who played Barry Grant in the Channel 4 soap and appeared in The Bill as PC Des Taviner, is understood to have travelled to Scotland from his home in Kent after being told about his son’s death.
A post-mortem will be carried out and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.
It is understood Mr Usher jun is originally from Colwyn Bay in Wales.
A spokesman for his employer said: “Technip UK Ltd staff and the crew of Skandia Achiever are deeply saddened by the loss of their colleague James Usher.
“He was not on shift at the time and the vessel was moored in Aberdeen harbour.
“James joined Technip in October 2013 and worked as a trainee rigger onboard the dive support vessel.”
He added that the company’s thoughts were with Mr Usher’s family at “this sad time”, but said they did not want to comment further.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police were made aware of concerns for a 24-year-old male on a supply vessel in Aberdeen during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he subsequently died.
“The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are still ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”
Mr Usher sen gave up his Brookside role to begin a new life on the Greek island of Rhodes but later returned to the UK.
James was his son from his first marriage to ex-wife Jane.
A spokesman for Aberdeen Harbour Board said the incident was a police matter and that he could not comment.