Posted by Philip Collins on January 9, 2008
Children’s entertainer – and one half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers – Barry Chuckle was found dead in a brothel in Belfast today.
The PSNI have so far ruled out foul play and believe Mr Chuckle died of a massive heart attack during a particularly vigorous sexual act with a 53-year-old local prostitute affectionately known as ‘Stinky’.
The brothel in question is coincidentally the very same one in which jazz musician Glen Miller died nearly half a century ago.
Younger brother Paul (79) is said to be distraught as the pair were about to start filming the latest series of their Chucklevision television programme.
The immensely popular Chucklevision is the BBC’s longest running children’s TV programme, and the new series would have been the brothers’ 52nd.
Over the years however, the pair have been subject to much criticism. In the late seventies, Tory politician Enoch Powell called for the brothers to be arrested for treason after they famously holidayed in the south of France. They were also regularly criticised by disabled groups for allegedly making light of the issue of serious head injury in their patented slapstick routines.
Yet Barry and Paul have also retained much support among the British public, and can count many famous figures among their fan base. The Queen in particular has been a Chuckle enthusiast ever since the boys started out back in the late 40s, when they were credited with helping cheer the country up in the immediate post-war era. In 1996, in recognition of their efforts, the brothers were awarded an OBE between them.
Today the Queen was the first to send a message of condolence to Barry’s family: “Barry along with his brother Paul, was one of the most important comedians to ever come out of this great country we call Britain. When it came to the Chuckle Brothers we [sic] were most definitely amused.”
Amongst the celebrities to send their condolences were Little Britain creators David Walliams and Matt Lucas: “No other comedians have influenced our humour more than Barry and Paul, if there had been no Chucklevision then there would have been no Little Britain. It’s as simple as that.”
Keith Richards also spoke of his deep respect for Barry Chuckle, having spent many hell-raising years together: “Me and Barry got up to some crazy shit alright – I remember that one time we battered that priest. Happy days. I’ll miss him. Rest in peace, you ol’ bastard.”