Andrew Sachs, best known for playing waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, has died aged 86.
His wife Melody said that he had been diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago and died in a care home last week.
“My heart has been broken every day for a long time,” Mrs Sachs said.
Sachs died on November 23 and his funeral was held in North London, with family and close friends present.
John Cleese, who also starred in Fawlty Towers as the proprietor, paid tribute to Sachs in a series of posts on Twitter: “A very sweet gentle… and kind man and a truly great farceur. I first saw him in Habeas Corpus on stage in 1973. I could not have found a better Manel. Inspired.”
Sachs went on to act in a BBC radio series and appeared in children’s television programmes, as well as acting in the British soap opera Coronation Street.
He arrived in Britain at the age of 8, after his family fled Berlin in 1938.
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– Written by Rekha Kulen