'Only Fools And Horses' star Nicholas Lyndhurst 'utterly grief stricken' after son's death

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Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lucy Smith and Archie Lyndhurst attend the National Film Awards at Porchester Hall on March 29, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lucy Smith and Archie Lyndhurst (Joe Maher/FilmMagic)

Nicholas Lyndhurst has spoken out for the first time following the death of his 19-year-old son, saying he and his wife Lucy are “utterly grief stricken”.

So Awkward actor Archie Lyndhurst passed away after a short illness.

Only Fools And Horses star Lyndhurst said in a statement: “Lucy and I are utterly grief stricken and respectfully request privacy.”

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Archie’s death was announced on Thursday, with a message sent from the official CBBC Twitter account saying: “We're so sorry to have to tell you that Archie Lyndhurst, who so brilliantly played Ollie in So Awkward on CBBC, has very sadly died after a short illness.

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“Archie will be hugely missed by all who worked with him, and by all the fans who laughed along with Ollie in the show.”

Many of his fellow stars paid tribute online after the news.

Cleo Demetriou, who played Lily Hampton on the children's series, wrote: "Archie, I can’t even believe I am writing this. It’s taken me a while to be able to find things to say as I am at an absolute loss for words.

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"You were the most beautiful soul I have ever known, the most unique, loving and caring person on this planet. My heart is completely broken knowing I that I can never see you again, never speak to you again and never hug you again."

Game Of Thrones’ Samuel Small wrote: "To my brother Archie. I still can’t quite comprehend that you have passed. You still had so much life to live and I’d give anything for you to keep on living it.

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“My heart aches all day and everyday thinking about you and I just wish I could talk to you just one more time so you could know how much I loved you.

"I vow to make you proud with every last breath. Love you from now until infinity. Rest in power bro."

Comedian Jack Whitehall wrote a tribute to Archie on Instagram, saying: “Archie Lyndhurst came in to my life nearly 10 years ago, playing the young me in a short film I’d written.

“He was brilliant, so talented and funny. An utter joy to work with.”

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Whitehall said the “enthusiastic and talented boy” he met all those years ago had become an “equally charming young man”.

“During lockdown he would take shopping and groceries to my parents house for them when they couldn’t leave the house, it’s testament to what a wonderful and kind person he was,” he added.

Only Fools And Horses star John Challis said on Twitter that his “heart aches for Nick and Lucy”.

“They could not have loved him more,” he said.

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Lyndhurst and his wife Lucy Smith welcomed Archie – their only child – in 2000.

He played Ollie Coulton in So Awkward and his other credits included TV series Bad Education and voicing a character in video game Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

Additional reporting by PA.

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