Only Fools And Horses star John Challis has died aged 79.
The actor, best known for playing second-hand car dealer Boycie in the show, died ‘peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer. It comes just weeks after he cancelled a 30-date speaking tour after only one appearance due to ill health.
A statement from his family said: ‘It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news.
‘Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer.
‘He will always be loved for being ‘Boycie’ and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.
‘Please respect the privacy of John’s family and friends at this difficult time, and be assured that in the future there will be an occasion to celebrate John’s life – when everyone will be welcome to come along.
Challis starred in Only Fools And Horses alongside Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst for 22 years before going on to star in the spin-off The Green Green Grass.