Barry Chuckle, who was known as one half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, has died age 73.
The entertainer died surrounded by his wife Ann and his family, his manager Phil Dale confirmed.
He told Express.co.uk: ”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.”
The statement said that “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” adding that the star “leaves 50 years of laughter as his legacy which is something very special”.
His brother and 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.”
Barry, whose real name is Barry David Elliot, and Paul, 70, had recently filmed a new series titled Chuckle Time for Channel 5.
But Barry’s manager said the star hadn’t been well towards the end of filming and summer work was cancelled whilst he rested at his doctors request.
Not long after this, Barry’s health deteriorated.
The double-act’s hit BBC show ChuckleVision ran for 21 series from 1987 to 2009.
The Chuckle Brothers were known for their catchphrase: “To me, to you.”
They made a TV comeback on Chuckle Time which saw the duo perform comedy sketches and introduce humorous online videos from members of the public.
Barry and Paul, who were born in Rotherham, were also big fans of pantomime and had performed in them for 48 consecutive years.
Tributes have started to pour in for the entertainer with many posting their memories of Barry on Twitter.
CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis paid tribute to the star and wrote: “On screen he was hilarious, on stage even more so but off stage Barry was also the kindest of gentlemen. RIP Barry. Love to all his family including all the brothers.”
Paddy McGuinness said: “One of my favourites from childhood years, teenage years and as an adult! Gutted. Barry Chuckle RIP sir.”
One fan said: “We have lost a legend today. Rest in peace Barry Chuckle.”
“Very sad to hear the passing of a great talent Barry Chuckle I worked with these guys and my thoughts are with all the families and Paul,” wrote another.
A third said: “RIP Barry Chuckle. the chuckle brothers was my favourite show when I was younger. I’m actually heartbroken.”