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A legendary Only Fools quote has been left on John Challis' headstone

A legendary Only Fools quote has been left on John Challis' headstone

Only Fools and Horses was shown on the BBC and ran for over 20 years

An iconic Only Fools and Horses quote has been left on John Challis' headstone.

Market traders Del Boy (Sir David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) changed British television forever when the sitcom first came out back in 1981.

The legendary BBC show ran for over 20 years and reruns are still being watched by Brits even to this day.

Challis, who sadly passed away from cancer in September 2021, aged 79, was known for playing beloved character Terrance Aubrey 'Boycie' Boyce.

Challis (right) with Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses.
BBC

His wife Carol Challis recently shared the location of his headstone on social media so fans can pay their respects to the late actor.

"Good morning! and thank you for all your messages asking for directions to John’s final resting place," she tweeted.

"He’s in Leintwardine Cemetery, Watling Street,SY7 0LL right at the end of the path on the left.

"If you are thinking of staying overnight, The Lion is the place."

Carol Challis, his wife, recently shared the location of his headstone on social media so fans can pay their respects.
Twitter/@BeingBoycie

But Only Fools fans will notice a touching tribute on Challis' headstone - a reference to a classic Boycie one-liner.

The headstone reads: “John Challis – actor – 1942-2021.”

And below are the words: “I am here.”

The famous phrase is from an episode where a psychic named Elsie is hosting a seance with Boycie, Del Boy (David Jason), and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst).

Twitter/@BeingBoycie

Elsie says that she's made contact with an unknown man: “He wishes to speak to someone named Audrey… no, Aubrey.”

The room is silent until Boycie famously announces: "I am here," before explaining that his middle name is Aubrey.

When one character says that Boycie has never once revealed his middle name to be Aubrey, Challis' character replies: “Nor would you if your name was Aubrey.”

Commenting on the episode, one fan wrote: "He stole that episode from some of the finest comedy actors around with those memorable three words. Rest in peace John/Boycie."

Another added: "Great headstone for Aubrey."

Challis (right) with Marlene, Rodney and Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses,
BBC

At the time of his Challis' passing, a family statement read: "It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news.

"Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer.

"He will always be loved for being 'Boycie' and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.

"Please respect the privacy of John's family and friends at this difficult time, and be assured that in the future there will be an occasion to celebrate John's life - when everyone will be welcome to come along."

Featured Image Credit: BBC / Twitter / @BeingBoycie

Topics: TV and Film, UK News