Barry Chuckle, half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, has died aged 73.
The entertainer, whose real name was Barry Elliott, starred in ChuckleVision with his brother Paul on the BBC between 1987 and 2009.
Paul said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”
Earlier this year, the brothers returned to the small screen with a new show, Chuckle Time, on Channel 5.
Manager Phil Dale said: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.
“The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel.”
The duo had started their careers as The Chuckles on ITV talent shows Opportunity Knocks in 1967 and went on to appear on New Faces in 1974.
- From Rotherham and honorary presidents of Rotherham FC
- Two older brothers, Jimmy and Brian, also formed a double-act, the Patton Brothers, and have appeared on ChuckleVision
- The Chuckles won ITV talent shows Opportunity Knocks in 1967 and New Faces in 1974
- ChuckleVision ran for 292 episodes between 1987 and 2009
- They received a special award at the Children’s Baftas in 2008
- They recorded a charity single titled To Me, To You (Bruv) with Tinchy Stryder in aid of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust in 2014
- They gave evidence at Dave Lee Travis’s 2014 indecent assault trial – they were performing in panto with him in 1990 when the alleged assault took place
- They were seen playing a magician (Paul) and his assistant (Barry in drag) on TV comedy Benidorm in March
- They starred in a new short film about Joseph Grimaldi, the 19th Century “king of clowns”, titled The Funniest Man In The World, with Barry playing Grimaldi