Veteran comedy legend Barry Elliott, one-half of the Chuckle Brothers, passed away after battling cancer, it has been claimed by his older brother. Retired actor, Jimmy Patton, 86, said the 73-year-old star had been secretly fighting cancer and died two days after the pair had last met. Patton, who performed with his real-life ‘Chuckle’ brothers Barry and Paul Elliot along with another brother Brian Elliot, said the whole family were “hurting” after his tragic death. Speaking from his home in Rotherham, South Yorks, Patton said: “We are all devastated. Veteran comedy legend Barry Elliott passed away this week at 73. The Chuckle Brothers star Barry Elliott dies aged 73. Barry Chuckles brother Paul shares his loss with the world: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”
The pair performed for friends and family in their backyard before becoming famous “Barry had bone cancer which had spread to his lungs. “He was ill for years but kept it hidden. “We knew about it, but kept it quiet, and all the family are really hurting right now.” The news comes days after the fourth brother, Brian Elliot, said Barry had known for a year that he only had months to live but didn’t tell anyone outside of his immediate family. Barry has secretly been battling with cancer, it has been revealed Barry’s manager confirmed the sad news of his death on Monday, saying: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family. ”
The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel.” Barry starred in BBC ChuckleVision from 1987 until 2009 along with his brother Paul.
Barry and Paul coined the catchphrase ‘To me, to you.” Paul said that he had not only lost his brother but his ‘best friend’ The duo began their careers in 1967 on ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks, before appearing on children’s BBC show Chuckle Hands in 1985. But, it was children’s favourite, ChuckleVision which gained them notoriety, after they famously coined the catchphrase “to me, to you”. In a statement, Paul said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”