Father Ted creator pays tribute to Only Fools actor: 'Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal
Published 16/01/2014 | 12:16
Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack passed away last night aged 69.
The actor, best known for playing Trigger in the long-running comedy, died at home in London last night.
His agent, Maureen Vincent, said he had pancreatic cancer and had "died at home surrounded by his family".
Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among those paying tribute online.
He said: "Very sad news about Roger Lloyd Pack. Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I'm glad I once had a chance to tell him so."
Lloyd-Pack was born into an acting family in north London and his father Charles was a regular in Hammer horror films.
Although best-known for playing the dopey road-sweeper in Only Fools And Horses, Lloyd-Pack appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including a regular role as farmer Owen Newitt in The Vicar Of Dibley.
Lloyd-Pack was also a successful stage actor, appearing regularly at Shakespeare's Globe in central London, but knew he would always be best known as Trigger.
In a 2012 interview with the Guardian, he said: "People will never stop shouting "Trigger!" at me in the street. The other day I jumped some lights on my bike because someone was hollering at me. A police van pulled me over, and when I stopped they also shouted: "Trigger!". It can be very annoying."
He was also politically active and a prominent campaigner for left-wing causes in the capital.
Lloyd-Pack's daughter Emily shot to fame in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here before stepping back from the celebrity limelight after struggling with health issues.