Sir David Jason Shares Sad Health Update

Sir David Jason has issued a sad health update
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The Only Fools and Horses star has issued a sad health update.

Sir David Jason, 83, is part of British TV history due to his role as Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in the hit comedy series.

Playing the cheeky salesman who dreams of being a millionaire, Jason amassed a legion of fans who adored him – which saw him top ITV’s list of TV’s Greatest Stars.

While Jason is still working, a sad update on his health has unfortunately meant he had to cancel a recent gig.

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He was set to make an appearance at an Only Fools and Horses convention, but the A Touch Of Frost actor had to cancel as he’s undergoing hip replacement surgery, as per Sky News.

Jason apologised to fans in a Facebook post – where he explained it was ‘not a decision I took at all lightly’.

He penned: “I am so very sorry for the disappointment and all the inconvenience it may cause but we are having to change the date of the forthcoming Only Fools and Horses Convention.

“Unfortunately, I have just been advised I need a new bionic body part fitted. I won’t tell you which part it is, or you will all want one!

“And don’t worry it’s not being supplied by Monkey Harris (an associate of Del Boy), it’ll be the pukka gear.”

Jason then said how he hopes to make the rescheduled dates in January 2024 – adding it will be something ‘cushty’ to look forward to.

“These events are such an enjoyable celebration for myself and the rest of the Only Fools cast, and it is such a privilege to meet so many of you, but I want to do it with the smile on my face I always have had,” he continued.

“Once again, please accept my sincere apologies as it was not a decision I took at all lightly and I hope that you understand my situation.

“Hoping to be lovely jubbly when I meet you all in the new year.

“All cushty wishes until then.”

David Jason as Derek Trotter
Sir David Jason, who played Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, has had to cancel a recent appearance due to hip surgery. Credit: BBC

Jason played the smooth-talking market trader from 1981 to 2006 – which saw him win numerous awards including four British Acadamy Television Awards, four British Comedy Awards and seven National Television Awards.

He has also starred in numerous shows and films including Open All Hours, the BFG and The Darling Buds of May.

Jason’s work in the entertainment industry saw him get knighted in 2005.

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The star has previously spoken about how he has struggled with his health since battling with Covid in July 2022 – leaving him so weak that he had a fall in his home.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast (via The Sun), Jason recalled: “All the muscles weren’t working. I collapsed and I fell against the radiator. I was so weak, I couldn’t get up.

“I tried for about a quarter of an hour, trying all sorts of things to stand up so I could walk about.

“But in order to do that, I had to use my head. So now I’m lying face down on the ground, and in order to get to the door – and the arms really weren’t working and the legs weren’t working – I was using my head to drag me to the door.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.