Barry Chuckle sadly died this weekend but it’s been revealed he battled a terminal heart condition that he kept secret – to continue performing.
Yesterday it was announced that Barry Chuckle died aged 73 – A new report claims that Barry was battling a ‘terminal heart condition’ towards the end of his life.
The Chuckle Brothers star, whose real name is Barry Elliot, kept the secret from fans in order to keep performing, it’s been reported.
Barry’s older brother Brian, 83, told The Sun that his brother ‘knew from last summer he only had months to live but did not share the news with anyone outside the immediate family’.
Barry was this year filming for a new Channel 5 show called ‘Chuckle Time’ – It would have been the brother’s first TV gig in years, it was scheduled as a 12 part series.
Barry was forced to pull out of filming for the Channel 5 show when his health deteriorated.
“We’ve known for a while Barry was very ill,” Brian told the paper.
“I drove up this week and saw him for two hours. We knew the end was very near. He was on morphine but we chatted. I gave him a kiss goodbye at the end. There were tears, of course.
He added: “Up until this last year he’d been fine. But he’s been a smoker all his life. It’s been very rough. Especially keeping it from people.”
According to the paper, Barry lost use of his legs and was prescribed morphine for the pain.
A statement was released by Paul yesterday, it read: “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.
“There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be much appreciated if the privacy of Barry’s family is respected at this most difficult time.
He added: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”