The Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn has died aged 78, according to reports.
The actor was best known for playing Councillor David Horton in the iconic BBC comedy series, alongside Dawn French.
His son, Josh, confirmed his father’s passing on January 10 in a statement.
The statement read: “Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!
“He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley and his son Josh.
“We will all miss him terribly.”
BBC Comedy also released a statement, adding: “Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nations most treasured BBC shows, and of course as Councillor David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Fans reacted to the news on Twitter, airing their sadness that a lot of the original cast have now passed away.
One fan wrote: “This is unexpected and very sad. It leaves only Dawn French and James Fleet from the regular cast now.”
Another added: “Vicar of Dibley slowly turning into Dad’s Army, only 2 of the regulars left now. Very sad news, he was a great actor.”
“Sad news indeed. A fine actor who was perfect for the part of David Horton. He played ever so well,” a third commented. “Part of the childhood gone. Sign of getting old. RIP.”
At the time of writing, the cause of death has yet to be revealed.
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