Barry Chuckle has passed away age 73

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Barry Chuckle

by Emma Dodds |

Barry Chuckle has passed away at the age of 73.

The comedian, whose real name was Barry Elliot, starred alongside his brother Paul as the Chuckle Brothers on their BBC show Chucklevision from 1987 to 2009 after beginning their careers on Opportunity Knocks in 1967.

Paul, 70, said of his brother's passing: "I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."

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Paul (left) and Barry (right) ©Shutterstock

The brothers' manager, Phil Dale, has also released a statement to the BBC which reads: "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.

"There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be much appreciated if the privacy of Barry’s family is respected at this most difficult time."

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Paul's wife Sue has now taken to his Twitter account to post a message on behalf of him, writing: "Paul has asked me to send a message to thank EVERYONE for your lovely messages this morning.

"He is absolutely devastated so unable to respond himself but your messages really do help and he knows Barry would so happy to know how much he was loved."

The comedy duo from Rotherham, whose catchphrases included: "To me, to you" and: "Oh dear, oh dear," were beloved among children who grew up whilst their show was on TV, and a new generation also started watching them on the small screen as their new show Chuckle Time aired on Channel 5 in June this year.

Sadly, Barry's health began to decline towards the end of their filming, which had to be stopped over the summer at his doctor's request so that he could rest. Unfortunately, reps confirmed that his health became much worse after this.

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Barry and Paul appeared on Benidorm earlier this year in March, with Paul playing a magician and Barry in drag playing his assistant, and Paul also appeared on The Keith & Paddy Picture Show with Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness in April as part of the Top Gun episode.

Fellow celebrities have taken to Twitter to share their grief over Barry's passing.

Our thoughts are with Barry's family at this difficult time.

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