Barry Chuckle, one half of comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers, has died

The entertainer was 73-years-old

Barry Chuckle, one half of comedy-duo The Chuckle Brothers, has died aged 73.

The entertainer, whose real name was Barry Elliot, appeared in the popular children’s television series ChuckleVision between 1987 and 2009 with his brother, Paul.

Speaking about the loss, Paul said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”

His manager, Phil Dale said: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.”

The Chuckle Brothers – Credit: David Bagnall / Alamy Stock Photo

Barry Elliot and Paul Elliot aka The Chuckle Brothers and Russell T. Davies (centre), British Academy Children’s Awards 2008 – Credit: WENN Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to the late star via social media.

The duo had recently reunited for a new show, Chuckle Time, on Channel 5. Last year, Barry had also appeared in a short film, The Funniest Man in the World about the life of Joseph Grimaldi.

The brothers rose to fame after appearing on TV talent shows Opportunity Knocks and New Faces, in 1967 and 1974 respectively.

The brothers were reportedly due to enter Celebrity Big Brother later this month, according to OK! Online.

“Yes, there was interest in getting the Chuckle Brothers involved in the show,” a source told OK! Online. “Everyone in Britain knows them and loves them, but nothing had been put down in stone to confirm their involvement.”

Their manager Dale added: “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.”

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