Only Fools And Horses star John Challis dies age 79 following long cancer battle
Very sad news.
Only Fools And Horses star John Challis has tragically died age of 79 following a long battle with cancer.
The family of the actor, best known for playing car dealer Boycie in the popular sitcom, alongside David Jason, Sue Holderness and Nicholas Lyndhurst, confirmed the news to PA news on Sunday.
A statement from his family to the publication 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.”
Holderness who played the wife of the actor in the iconic TV series said in a statement on Sunday: “Marlene without Boycie - it’s unthinkable.
"John Challis was my partner on screen and stage for 36 years and my beloved friend. R.I.P. darling John. I will miss you every day.”
Challis played Terrance Aubrey Boyce in Only Fools And Horses from 1981 to 2003, as well as in the spin-off series, The Green Green Grass until 2009.