He wan`t major at all .To be classed as major I`d say you have to have been in it at least a decade or have been in some high powered iconic storyline like Richard Hillman or Alan Bradley.These are the only living cast members I would say are major and over 60:
The only major deaths in the last ten years have been:
Maggie Jones (2009)
Bill Tarmey (2012)
Geoffrey Hughes (2012)-EDIT :That's probably the fourth!
Ken Morley (aged 72)?