There’s yet more sad news to report today as it’s been confirmed that iconic actor Andrew Sachs has died aged 86.
Andrew of course played the role of hapless Spanish waiter Manuel in sitcom Fawlty Towers, in which he starred alongside John Cleese, Connie Booth and Prunella Scales.
And John was among the first to pay tribute to Andrew, saying of him, “A very sweet gentle and kind man and a truly great raconteur.
“I could not have found a better Manuel. Inspired.”
Andrew passed away in the nursing home that had been his home for a number of years. He had battled vascular dementia for several years.
His heartbroken wife Melody told the Daily Mail, “My heart has been broken every day for a long time.”
Vascular dementia is of course a cruel disease that steals the memory of the sufferer, and steals away the person those around the sufferer knew and loved. So for Andrew’s family and friends, as his wife intimated, the grief began long before his passing.
However, those of us who grew up watching Andrew as Manuel remember only that of him; the joy he brought to the role and to our TV screens…
And on Twitter, many have reiterated that sentiment with thousands of tributes. One Andrew Sachs fan wrote, “Waking up to the sad news of Andrew Sachs passing away #fawltytowers #manuel #IKnowNothing RIP. Another talented star taken away in 2016.”
Another tweeted, “Andrew Sachs has gone too. RIP 2016 just go away. Please. I think you have done enough now.”
Actor Eddie Marsan added, “RIP Andrew Sachs. You came here as a refugee with nothing but your talent and your spirit, and you enriched our lives. Thank you so much.”
And TV presenter and comedian Keith Chegwin wrote, “God Bless Mr Andrew Sachs. Worked with you in a movie as a kid. You were a great actor and a gentleman. RIP.”
What a very sad loss. Our condolences to Andrew’s family and friends.