Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs, famed for his portrayal of Spanish waiter Manuel in the BBC sitcom, has died aged 86, his family has confirmed. The actor died on 23 November and was buried on Thursday, according to hs wife Melody.
Mr Sachs, from Kilburn in north west London, died at a care home last week following a four-year battle with dementia.
His widow, Melody, 85, revealed he had been diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago, a disease which left him confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak.
Tributes were led by Comedy actor/writer John Cleese Cleese who paid heartfelt tribute to his late co-star on social media late on Thursday, writing: “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 and 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.