Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, has died aged 73, his manager has confirmed.
Barry, born Barry David Eilliot, was the older brother of Paul Harman Elliott (70), and they were best known for starring in the BBC series ChuckleVision which ran from 1987 to 2009.
They also starred in ChuckleHounds, Chuckle Maths, and had recently signed up to Chuckle Time on Channel 5.
It would have marked their TV comeback almost a decade after Chuckle Vision ended and was due to air for 12 episodes. Channel 5 said the hour-long show would be “good-natured family entertainment”.
Paul has released an emotional statement in the wake of his brother's death.
"I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend," he said.
Barry's manager Phil Dale released a statement to Press Association.
"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."
The Chuckle Brothers won the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967. The Rotherham double-act’s BBC series ChuckleVision ran for 21 series from 1987 to 2009.