Major Bob Astles, the self styled ‘British adviser’ to Idi Amin passes away

Major Bob Astles, the self styled ‘British adviser’ to Idi Amin has passed away in south London.

It was announced earlier this week that Major Bob has been cremated as per his wishes after passing away three weeks ago. Only five people attended his funeral.

Dubbed ‘The White Rat’ for his support of Amin’s reign, Major Bob stayed in touch with Amin until the former President’s death in 2003.

Henry Gombya, the editor at the London Evening Post where Major Bob wrote a regular column said that Major Bob “never… regretted his time” with Amin. He added that he felt that he “did what he had to do”.

Major Bob was imprisoned for 6 years after Amin’s exile in 1979. It was reported that he then moved back to London and enjoyed a life of luxury living in a £1,000,000 house.

He was allegedly the inspiration for the British doctor in Giles Foden’s novel ‘The Last King of Scotland’.

Major Bob Astles died of cancer at the age of 87.

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One response to “Major Bob Astles, the self styled ‘British adviser’ to Idi Amin passes away

  1. It’s been a while since I saw the film but I remember James McAvoy’s doctor seemed a quite reluctant ‘supporter’ of Idi Amin, I’m surprised they based his character on the Major.

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