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"A very sweet gentle and kind man" - John Cleese leads tributes to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs

Sachs died on 23 November and was buried yesterday.

Andrew Sachs death Source: PA Wire/PA Images

JOHN CLEESE HAS led the tributes to former Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs, who passed away at the age of 86.

Sachs was most famous for playing clumsy Spanish waiter Manuel alongside John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty on the renowned 70s sitcom.

He had been suffering from dementia since 2012.

John Cleese tweeted his tribute to Sachs last night, calling him a “very sweet gentle and kind man” and “a truly great farceur”.

“Just heard about Andy Sachs. Very sad. I knew he was having problems with his memory as his wife Melody told me a couple of years ago,” he said.

“I heard very recently that he had been admitted to Denham Hall, but I had no idea that his life was in danger.

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 Manuel. Inspired.

Other comedy actors and professionals lined up to pay their respects to the deceased Sachs, who is though to have passed away on 23 November snf was buried yesterday in London.

Blackadder actor and comedian Sir Tony Robinson paid tribute on Twitter to a “true friend and a kindred spirit”.

“So sad that Andrew Sachs has died,” he said.

A true friend and a kindred spirit. I still have the wonderful baby pictures he took of my children. RIP.

Little Britain writer and actor and comedic personality David Walliams called Sachs a “beatiful soul” and said that he had worked with him in the past.

Other actos and comedians including Omid Djalili, Vicki Michelle and Eddie Marsan all paid their respects to the late Scahs.

Born in Berlin in 1930, Sachs fled with his parents to Britain in 1938 and settled there for the rest of his life.

He starred as Manuel in Fawlty Towers from 1975 to 1979. Sachs went on to play Ramsay Clegg in Coronation Street in 2009, a year after a scandal in which Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand made a prank call to him on radio about his granddaughter.

Sachs retired soon after from public life due to his illness.

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