Dawn French is brokenhearted by the news of her Vicar Of Dibley co-star Gary Waldhorn’s death.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Waldhorn died ‘peacefully’ at the age of 78.
The TV star was best known for playing councillor David Horton in every episode of the comedy sitcom which debuted in 1994, famously locking horns with the vicar played by French.
He most recently appeared in a Christmas special, The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, alongside French, who plays Geraldine Granger, and James Fleet, who plays his on-screen son Hugo.
French paid tribute to the actor on Twitter by sharing a black and white photo of him alongside a brokenhearted emoji.
James Fleet, who played Hugo Horton in the sitcom, also took to social media to remember his late co-star.
Alongside a picture of Waldhorn, he simply penned: ‘Gazza.’
Similarly, My Family star, Robert Lindsay, 72, wrote on Twitter: ‘And during all this madness news of dear #garywaldhorn passing.
‘Such great memories of working with him and my wonderful pal Trevor Peacock at @rxtheatre.’
All Creatures Great And Small star Samuel West shared an image of the pair on stage in 1997, calling him a ‘terrific actor’.
‘Sad news about Gary Waldhorn,’ he said. ‘He played my dad, the eponymous king, in both parts of Henry IV at the Old Vic in 1997 (here with my actual dad as the ultimate non-father, Falstaff).
‘A lovely man and a terrific actor.’
Waldhorn’s son Josh said he ‘peacefully passed away’ at 6.45am on Monday.
In a statement, he said: ‘Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!
‘He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly.’
Other Vicar Of Dibley stars who have died includes Emma Chambers, who starred as Alice Tinker, and Trevor Peacock, who played Jim Trott.
Waldhorn appeared in classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes, and Hotel Babylon, and even featured in the comedy sketch show French And Saunders.
He also provided voiceovers for adverts including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.
BBC Comedy said: ‘Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nation’s most treasured BBC shows, and of course as councillor David Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley.
‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.’