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Only Fools and Horses' Patrick Murray diagnosed with cancer for second time

Patrick Murray was diagnosed with cancer again after being declared cancer-free in May 2022 credit:Bang Showbiz
Patrick Murray was diagnosed with cancer again after being declared cancer-free in May 2022 credit:Bang Showbiz

'Only Fools and Horses' actor Patrick Murray is battling cancer for the second time.

The 65-year-old actor - who is best known for his role as Mickey Pearce in the classic sitcom alongside David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst - was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2021 and underwent an operation in October to remove the tumour before enduring rounds of chemotherapy to stop the cancer from coming back.

In May 2022, he was declared cancer-free, however, the TV star has revealed he had to undergone another operation to remove half his liver and a tumour, which they discovered last year.

Patrick tweeted on Thursday (12.01.23): "I am going home today. Minus half a liver and a tumour that the wonderful Prof Heaton removed last week.

"I kept this under my hat that they'd discovered another primary cancer last year. I am a two person, that's for sure. High fives to all at Kings College Hospital."

Patrick previously revealed he had given up drinking as a result of his diagnosis, while he said he was "really touched" to have received support from his former co-stars, including Derek Trotter actor David.

He told The Sun newspaper at the time: "I don’t drink now so I’m not going down the pub to celebrate — a salad and a sparkling water is more my thing. I’ve had so many messages from my old Only Fools pals, like David Jason, when I revealed me diagnoses. I was really touched by that Back in January."

Patrick was initially warned he would not make it past Christmas 2021.

He discovered he had cancer after visiting his GP over growing concerns of his bloated stomach.

He added: “The very next morning, I got the phone call nobody wants to hear when the doctor says, ‘Are you sitting down?’

The first primary diagnosis was actually a lot worse than what it was. It showed up a lot of red flags that I had a tumour on my liver and three metastatics - which is cancer of the blood. I was told it looks like I wouldn’t make Christmas.”