Sir David Jason is having surgery to have a ‘bionic body part inserted,’ which has forced him to cancel an Only Fools and Horses convention.
The 83-year-old actor, who portrayed Del Boy in the BBC’s Only Fools and Horses sitcom from 1981 to 2003, issued a statement explaining why he couldn’t attend the event.
He joked he didn’t want to specify exactly what surgery he was heading for as it might make his fans ‘all want one’.
Dad-of-two Sir David said in a statement shared on his Facebook page about having to pull out of the planned convention: ‘I am so very sorry for the disappointment and all the inconvenience it may cause but we are having to change the date of the forthcoming Only Fools and Horses Convention.
‘Unfortunately, I have just been advised I need a new bionic body part fitted. I won’t tell you which part it is, or you will all want one!
‘And don’t worry it’s not being supplied by Monkey Harris, it’ll be the pukka gear.’
He added about rescheduling the Only Fools event: ‘I really hope everyone will be able to make the new date January 13th and 14th and we can all have something cushty to look forward to!
‘These events are such an enjoyable celebration for myself and the rest of the Only Fools cast, and it is such a privilege to meet so many of you, but I want to do it with the smile on my face I always have had.’
Sir David signed off his statement: ‘Once again, please accept my sincere apologies as it was not a decision I took at all lightly and I hope that you understand my situation. All cushty wishes until then.’
The Only Fools conference, which was originally scheduled for October, has been rescheduled for January at the Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes.
Sir David’s health has suffered as a result of a’seriously poor’ contact with Covid in July 2022.
He was so weak from the viral virus that he fell at his house in Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire.
He told BBC Breakfast about his tumble: ‘All the muscles weren’t working. I collapsed and I fell against the radiator. I was so weak, I couldn’t get up.
‘I tried for about a quarter of an hour, trying all sorts of things to stand up so I could walk about.
‘But in order to do that, I had to use my head. So now I’m lying face down on the ground, and in order to get to the door – and the arms really weren’t working and the legs weren’t working – I was using my head to drag me to the door.’
Covid is suspected to have caused myalgia, a disorder that causes muscular aches and pain and can affect ligaments, tendons, and fascia – the soft tissues that link muscles, bones, and organs.
Source My Celebrity Life.