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05th Aug 2018

Barry Chuckle has died aged 73

His longtime comedy partner Paul Chuckle said: "I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."

Kyle Picknell

His manager has confirmed the news

Barry Chuckle, one half the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, has died at the age of 73.

The comedian, real name Barry Elliott, was known for his slapstick routines, visual humour, and recurring catchphrases “to me (to you)” and “oh dear, oh dear” along with his brother, Paul.

His comedy partner Paul said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”

His manager Phil Dale added: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully in 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 Chuckle Brothers  were famous for their hit sketch show ChuckleVision, which celebrated its 21st series in 2010, but have been performing on television since winning the talent competition Opportunity Knocks in 1967.

The pair returned to television screens this year with a new series called Chuckle Time, a Saturday night entertainment format for Channel 5.

Elliott had also appeared in the short film about Joseph Grimaldi, titled The Funniest Man in the World, in 2017.

Fans posted tributes to the entertainer on Twitter: