Following the sad news yesterday that Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday night, messages of sympathy have flooded the internet from well know celebrities, including his most famous co-star, Sir David Jason.
As we reported yesterday, Lloyd-Pack passed away on Wednesday night, news which was announced by his agent just months before the first Only Fools and Horses sketch in years was about to me made in support of this year’s Sports Relief.
The sketch was expected to be the launch pad for a new series of the show, based on material that the original creator had written and left for his sons to work on after he died.
However, the talk of Only Fools fans this morning is all in sadness over the passing of Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger as well as starring in several other comedies over the years, including the Vicar of Dibley.
So it is no wonder that the messages of sympathy and respect for the actor and his family are pouring in, but none seems quite as poignant as that of Sir David Jason.
Sir David, who played lead character Del Boy, described his former co-star as “a very quiet, kind and unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with” in a statement, adding:
“Although he played the simple soul of Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles.
“I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together.”
Meanwhile John Challis, who played Boycie in the show, said that he was “very sad and very distressing” to hear of Lloyd Pack’s passing and described the actor as “irreplaceable”, adding:
“My thoughts are with his family. He was a remarkable man and he’ll be missed.”
Other celebrities have taken to social networking site, Twitter, to share their sadness at the news, including the legendary Stephen Fry, who dedicated his performance last night to the late star, tweeting to followers:
“About to do a Twelfth Night @ShakespeareBway – it goes without saying that we all dedicate it to the memory of our friend Roger Lloyd Pack”
Whilst Lord Alan Sugar tweeted this:
‘Sad news on the death of fools and horses actor Roger Lloyd-Pack ( trigger ) . One of my favourite TV characters . RIP’
Our sincerest sympathy and best wishes go out to the family, friends and loved ones of Roger Lloyd-Pack at this very sad time – Watch a clip of Roger in Only Fools and Horses glory below: