Paul Chuckle has shared an emotional tribute to his late brother Barry Chuckle, who has died at the age of 73 .
The brothers, who worked closely together for decades as television entertainers and pantomime stars, were best known for their long-running BBC children’s show ChuckleVision.
And, in an emotional statement shared shortly after Barry’s death, Paul has paid tribute.
"I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend," he said.
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The brothers’ manager Phil Dale confirmed the sad news this morning, saying: "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."
He added: "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."
It’s since emerged that Barry was suffering from poor health for more than a year before his death.
When his and Paul’s other brother Jimmy Elliott married a 26-year-old ChuckleVision fan last year, neither Barry nor Paul attended the ceremony.
Bride Amy Phillips’ mum said at the time that the reason for their absence was Barry’s health.
"Supposedly Barry was ill, that’s all I know," she said.
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