This Country star Michael Sleggs has died aged 33 of suspected heart failure.
The actor, who played Slugs in the BBC Three comedy series, is believed to have passed away overnight.
The WTAF A This Country podcast’s official Twitter account shared the news, leaving fans devastated.
The post read: “We are devastated! Our friend, the man the legend Michael Sleggs #Slugs passed away last night.
“RIP Michael. You are one in a million.”
Shortly after, Michael’s close friend Camilla-Alicia Bates paid tribute to the star.
She tweeted: “Last night just before midnight I lost my dear friend, My love @Michael_Sleggs my absolute rock who has always been there for me.
“So grateful I got to spend his final resting with him and so glad he is out of pain and at peace.
— WTAF A THIS COUNTRY PODCAST (@wtafthiscountry) 10 July 2019
“I love you forever. #loveyou #rip #sluggs.”
Simon Mayhew-Archer, This Country’s producer, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: “Michael encapsulated the spirit and humour of This Country.
“He was a fantastic, talented man who brought tremendous joy to all who knew him & saw him. I loved working with him & will miss him.”
Michael encapsulated the spirit and humour of This Country. He was a fantastic, talented man who brought tremendous joy to all who knew him & saw him. I loved working with him & will miss him.
— Simon Mayhew-Archer (@SimonMAlikesyou) 10 July 2019
It comes after Michael revealed he was dying of terminal cancer in May.
Taking to Facebook at the time, Michael said that there was nothing more doctors could do for him and he had been sent home “on palliative care to live out the remainder of my days at home”.
He added: “Anyway as you can imagine this isn’t the ideal way I wished things to go and my family are dealing with a lot of grief.
“Just wanted to say I love everyone reading this status so much, you have all been such amazing, kind, caring people who have all touched my life in so many unique and incredible ways.”
He concluded: “Guys, regardless of a few medical issues, I have been blessed with the best life and the best friends and aside from not following God more diligently earlier in life I don’t have any regrets.
“If you don’t know Jesus already, my only hope is that you get to know him before you get to my state. He’ll totally rock your world in the best way!”
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