Ronnie Corbett still misses Ronnie Barker

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 June 2014
Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett admits he still mourns his former comedy partner Ronnie Barker nine years after the comedian died

Ronnie Corbett still mourns Ronnie Barker nine years after his death.

The 'Two Ronnies' star admits he is still haunted by the death of his comedy partner in 2005 and even avoids driving down a road where he had his last conversation with him.

He said: "I miss him, yes, oh God! I can't drive along the street off St James's [in London]. I took a call from Ron ... he said, 'You know I'm going.' That was the last time I spoke to him."

Barker died from heart failure in 2005, aged 76, after refusing valve replacement surgery.

As well as his work with Corbett, the comedian became a national treasure following his roles in hit sitcoms 'Porridge' and 'Open All Hours'.

Meanwhile, Corbett, 83, admits he is more cautious about his health after being hospitalised due to a gall bladder issue in March.

He told LBC Radio: "I have been in the business for 62 years. It's a match made in heaven. I still enjoy a glass of wine."

Barker's 'Open All Hours' co-star Sir David Jason recently paid tribute to the late comic after reviving the hit show for a Christmas special last year.

David said: "We did feel Ronnie's influence when we were filming and when people first saw the photos of me standing in the shop doorway they said that for a second they thought it was Ronnie. I wear the same gear Ronnie wore and for a minute it's like, 'God, the old man is back!' "

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