“This Country” star Michael Sleggs died at the age of 33 due to heart failure, according to reports.
The actor, who played Michael “Slugs” Slugette on the BBC Three show, died on July 9, coming weeks after announcing he didn’t have much time left to live.
His death was announced by his friend, actor Camilla-Alicia Bates, who posted about his passing on Twitter.
Last night just before midnight I lost my dear friend, My love @Michael_Sleggs my absolute rock who has always been there for me. So grateful I got to spend his final resting with him and so glad he is out of pain and at peace. I love you forever. #loveyou #rip #sluggs pic.twitter.com/3Ae7PfZU9U
— Camilla-Alicia Bates (@CamillaABates) July 10, 2019
“Last night just before midnight I lost my dear friend, My love @Michael_Sleggs my absolute rock who has always been there for me. So grateful I got to spend his final resting with him and so glad he is out of pain and at peace. I love you forever,” she wrote.
“Hi friends, as a lot of you are probably aware I’ve spent a lot of time in and out of hospital over the past few months,” Sleggs wrote in early June. “This last time it was decided i was reaching the end of options so they’ve sent me home on palliative care to live out the remainder of my days at home.”
“By last Friday I was certain I wouldn’t be here the next week but miraculously I made some sort of great turn around over the weekend,” he also wrote on Facebook at the time.
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Dying “isn’t ideal,” Sleggs said, adding that was “blessed with the best life.”
“Anyway as you can imagine this isn’t the ideal way I wished things to go and my family are dealing with a lot of grief,” he wrote. “Just wanted to say I love everyone reading this status so much, you have all been such amazing, kind, caring people who have all touched my life in so many unique and incredible ways.”
There were reports saying that he was suffering from terminal cancer, but he shot them down.
He also said, “Regardless of a few medical issues, I have been blessed with the best life and the best friends and aside from not following God more diligently earlier in life I don’t have any regrets,” Fox News reported.
Celebrities Lost in 2019
Actress Peggy Lipton, who starred in David Lynch’s iconic show “Twin Peaks,” and the 1960s show “The Mob Squad,” died on May 11 at the age of 72.
The cause of death was cancer.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead at the age of 33 in South Los Angeles on March 31.
Actor Luke Perry died from a stroke on March 4.
Iconic “Boyz N The Hood” director and the youngest ever Oscar nominee for best picture died after spending days in a coma following a stroke.
Longtime R&B singer James Ingram died in late January. Quincy Jones, a collaborator of his, wrote, “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home.”
Celebrity comedian Freddie Starr died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.
The body of the British-born funnyman was reportedly discovered by a caregiver at his apartment in Mijas on the Costa del Sol on May 9, the Mirror reported.
Starr had been ill.
A neighbor, who asked not to be named, told the Mirror: “His carer found him dead in his chair at around 3:30 p.m. Police arrived first and then later an ambulance arrived and he was taken away.
“His next door neighbor, who is a nurse, said he was definitely dead. She said she thinks he may have suffered a heart attack.”
BBC Radio 6 music presenter Kelly Jobanputra, of Swindon in southwest England, died on April 26, according to the Swindon Advertiser. She was tragically struck and killed by a train, according to reports.
The celebrity radio host had just turned 40 in April, The Sun reported, and last year had given birth to her second child.
“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali died on Jan. 25, after a battle with terminal cancer. She was 29.
Former “Top Chef” contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to her: “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer,” he wrote.
Comedian and actor Bob Einstein died on Jan. 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Daryl Dragon, or “Captain,” of pop group Captain and Tennille, died on Jan. 2 of renal failure.
Correction: Headline and article have been updated to reflect the current condition of Michael Sleggs