Paul Chuckle has provided a touching tribute this morning to his brother Barry. Barry's death as announced this morning by the duo's manager Phil Dale.
The Chuckle Brothers worked together for more than 50 years after catching their big break on Opportunity Knocks in 1967. They starred in ChuckleVision together on the BBC from 1987 to 2009.
Barry was 73 years old.
His brother, whose real name is Paul Elliott, said: "I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."
The pair had been working together earlier this year on their latest kids' TV show, Chuckle Time.
Barry and Paul Elliott's manager, Phil Dale said: "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."
More recently, Barry Elliott had starred in a film about 19th Century actor, comedian, and dancer Joseph Grimaldi. The so-called 'King of Clowns' was the subject of a short film starring Elliott called The Funniest Man In The World.
Tributes have been pouring in for the much loved entertainer.
One said: "Gutted about Barry Chuckle...
"I once pointed at him in Oxford Circus and shouted "To Me" he pointed back and said "Shut up"
"LEGEND!!!! And fantastic childhood memories!!!!"
Another said: "This has hit me so hard. RIP Barry Chuckle :broken_heart: think we all grew up watching the #ChuckleBrothers 'To me to you'.
"Paul once smashed a cream pie in my Dad's face at a show on Great Yarmouth pier :persevere: Two Brother's full of life and fun! Poor Paul and the rest of his family & friends."
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