Herefordshire actor John Challis dies from cancer aged 79

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Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis has died at the age of 79

His family said in a statement that he died "peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer".

The actor who lives at Wigmore Abbey in North Herefordshire cancelled his upcoming tour earlier this month.

Challis was best known for portraying Terrance Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce in the long-running BBC Television sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

His family said in a statement that he died "peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer".

A statement from the family of John Challis, 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."

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