Ice-T has paid tribute to Only Fools And Horses star John Challis who passed away yesterday after suffering with cancer .
The actor, known for playing second-hand car dealer ‘Boycie’ in the classic sitcom from 1981 to 2003 was 79.
Following his death Ice-T paid tribute to Challis, revealing that he “somehow became a Twitter friend” with the late actor.
Posting on Twitter alongside Challis drumming to Motörhead‘s classic hit ‘Ace Of Spades’ the rapper wrote: “I just heard John passed away.. He somehow became a Twitter friend.. I’m very sad. Although I never met him in person.. Internet friends can become close.. RIP.”
In recent times, the pair often chatted on Twitter and Challis would regularly wish Ice-T a Merry Christmas.
Challis’ family released a statement following his death yesterday, saying: “Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer.”
They added: “It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news.”
“He will always be loved for being ‘Boycie’ and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.
Challis’ character in Only Fools And Horses became so popular that he portrayed him once more, for the four series of spin-off show The Green Green Grass, alongside on-screen wife Marlene, played by Sue Holderness.
The internet as we all know, isn’t always a good place to meet people but we are big fans of this somehow odd friendship and applaud it!
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