Only Fools And Horses and Vicar of Dibley actor Roger Lloyd-Pack has died aged 69
Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, has died aged 69.
Tributes to the television and film actor were led by Sir David Jason, who starred alongside Lloyd-Pack as Del Boy in dozens of episodes of the classic British comedy.
Sir David told of his "fondness" for his sitcom co-star and described him as a fine actor.
"I was very saddened to hear of Roger's passing. He was a very quiet, kind and unassuming actor who was a pleasure to work with," he said.
"Although he played the simple soul of Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, he was a very intelligent man and a very fine actor capable of many roles. I shall remember him with fondness and for all the good times we had together."
Roger Lloyd-Pack (Rex Features)
Lloyd-Pack, who also starred in the Vicar of Dibley as Owen Newitt, was a household name for his television performances which date back to 1965.
He found fame with his portrayal of the dim-witted road-sweeper Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, who persistently called Rodney, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, Dave.
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His agent, Maureen Vincent, said he had pancreatic cancer and had "died at home surrounded by his family".
Lloyd-Pack was born into an acting family in north London and his father Charles was a regular in Hammer horror films.
Although best-known for playing Trigger, Lloyd-Pack appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including Doctor Who and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among those paying tribute online.
He said: "Very sad news about Roger Lloyd Pack. Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I'm glad I once had a chance to tell him so."
Lloyd-Pack was also a successful stage actor, appearing regularly at Shakespeare's Globe in central London.
John Challis, best known as Boycie in Only Fools, said: "I spoke to Roger two days ago. Roger said it was a bit awkward to talk at that particular moment. It is very sad and very distressing.
"My thoughts are with his family. He was a remarkable man and he'll be missed. Roger is irreplaceable. It's a very sorry day."
Lloyd-Pack was politically active and a prominent campaigner for left-wing causes in the capital.
His daughter Emily shot to fame in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here before stepping back from the celebrity limelight after struggling with health issues.
Shane Allen, the BBC's controller of comedy commissioning, said: "The nation bids a fond and sad farewell to one of the most popular television sitcom actors of his generation.
"Roger Lloyd-Pack enjoyed a long and successful career which spanned everything from the hugely iconic Trigger to roles in Shakespeare at The Globe.
"He will be greatly missed and his work will live on for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his loved ones."