Tributes flood in for John Sullivan

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 April 2011
David Jason

David Jason

Tributes have flooding in paying repects to 'Only Fools and Horses' writer John Sullivan who died this weekend

Tributes flooded in over the weekend to mark the death of 'Only Fools and Horses' creator John Sullivan.

Friends have paid tribute to the scriptwriter who died in a Surrey hospital on Saturday (23.04.11), aged 64, after a six-week battle with viral pneumonia.

Sir David Jason, who played Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in the BBC comedy yesterday (24.05.11) told The Sun: "We have lost our greatest comedy writer but he leaves us a great legacy, the gift of laughter."

His former on-screen brother Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Rodney, said: "I am deeply saddened.

"He was without doubt Britain's finest TV writer. He was a shy and self-effacing man, but had a huge passion for his work."

John Challis, who played Boycie, said: "The show appealed to people from every generation and walk of life."

John leaves behind his wife Sharron, with whom he had two sons, one daughter and two grandchildren.

Close friend Gareth Gwenlan, who used to be head of BBC comedy, said: "Sharron is obviously devastated and she has her family around her."

"John was a great family man and he never let success go to his head. He had an amazing ability and he knew he was a decent writer but he was always ready to listen to advice."

'Only Fools and Horses' ran from 1981 to 2003. The final episode of the 1996 Christmas trilogy drew a record 24.3million viewers.

The final episode of John's last show 'Rock & Chips' - a prequel to 'Only Fools And Horses' - will be shown on BBC1 on Thursday (28.05.11).

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