Tributes have poured in for Only Fools And Horses character John Challis who has died after a long battle with cancer.

The actor – best known for playing Terrance ‘Boycie’ Boyce in the sitcom – passed away peacefully in his sleep aged 79, his family said.

John, who also starred in Only Fools spin-off The Green Green Grass and Benidorm, had been diagnosed with cancer in 2019.

After the sad news of his death broke, tributes began pouring in.

The Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson tweeted: "I’ve been waiting for this for a few days now.

"It is with great sadness that I tell you that my dear friend, John Challis (Boycie from OFAH) has just passed.

"I’ve been in touch with his wife, Carol, who is obviously heartbroken, as am I. Much love, S."

John Challis, famous for playing Boycie in Only Fools, has died aged 79 (

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The actor passed away peacefully in his sleep, his family said (

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Vicky Michelle, famous for playing waitress Yvette in ‘Allo! ‘Allo!, also took to Twitter to pay her respects.

Sharing a picture of her smiling next to John, she wrote: “Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Wonderful John Challis such a fabulous man. Loved by the Nation. Condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Asa Elliott, the singer on Benidorm who worked with John when he appeared in the ITV series, spoke of his spoke – and revealed his friend had bene in touch with him only yesterday.

He tweeted: “I can’t believe John Challis has passed away.

“He literally messaged me yesterday to tell me to have a nice trip way. Such a lovely man.”

John with his Only Fools co-stars David Jason, Tessa Peake-Jones and Roger Lloyd-Pack (

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While Gold TV, which often airs reruns of classic Only Fools and Horses episodes, released a statement following the passing of one of their best loved stars.

It said: “We are saddened that the wonderful John Challis who played Boycie so brilliantly in Only Fools and Horses and The Green Green Grass has passed away at 79.

“We adored working with John and will always treasure his on-screen brilliance.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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