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Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies at age of 86

He had been suffering from dementia since 2012.

FAWLTY TOWERS ACTOR Andrew Sachs has died at the age of 86.

The BBC, which aired the famous 1970s sitcom, confirmed the news.

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

Source: BBC Comedy Greats/YouTube

He had been suffering from dementia since 2012.

595dc9c8d54de3528090f05887da6f5721a560b3 Source: BBC

His wife Melody told the Daily Mail: “It wasn’t all doom and gloom, he still worked for two years.

We were happy, we were always laughing, we never had a dull moment. He had dementia for four years and we didn’t really notice it at first until the memory started going.

“It didn’t get really bad until quite near the end. I nursed Andrew, I was there for every moment of it.”

sachs3 Andrew Sachs and wife Melody arriving for the 2009 British Soap Awards at the BBC Television Centre in London Source: Ian West PA Wire/PA Images

The Mail says the actor died on 23 November and was buried in London today.

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