Vicar Of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn has died at the age of 78.
His son announced the actor, best known for playing Councillor David Horton in the TV sitcom, died on Monday.
In a statement via PA News Agency, Josh Waldhorn said: ‘My beloved father, Gary Waldhorn peacefully passed away at 6.45am on January 10 2022.
‘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.’
A statement from the BBC Comedy team added: ‘Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nations 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.’
Waldhorn was also known for his work as Richard Beamish in All at No 20 as well as Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes.
However, it was his appearance as bullish chairman of the Parish council and District Councillor David, alongside Dawn French’s Reverend Geraldine Granger, that Waldhorn was best known for.
He appeared in every episode of the show, which debuted in 1994, including the Comic Relief specials in 2013 and 2020.
French and co-stars returned for a three-part BBC special, titled The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, which tracked life in the fictional village in 2020.
In his career, Waldhorn also appeared in iconic showsThe Sweeney, Heartbeat and The Bill, as well as Hotel Babylon in 2008.
As well as screen, Waldhorn was a mainstay in the theatre, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and provided voiceovers for adverts including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.
It follows the death of Waldhorn’s Vicar Of Dibley co-star Trevor Peacock (who played Jim Trott in the BBC comedy), who died in March last year aged 89.
John Bluthal, who played the character of Frank in the comedy, died in 2018 from natural causes, while Roger Lloyd-Pack, who portrayed Owen Newitt, died in 2014 from pancreatic cancer.
Beloved actress Emma Chambers, who played Alice Tinker, died of a heart attack.