Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd Pack dies at the age of 69
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Norfolk-based actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, has died at the age of 69.
Lloyd Pack, who lived near Fakenham, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
His agent, Maureen Vincent, said he 'died at home surrounded by his family'.
Although best-known for playing the road-sweeper in Only Fools And Horses, Lloyd Pack appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including a regular role as farmer Owen Newitt in The Vicar Of Dibley.
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He said: '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.
'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.'
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Film star John Hurt said the news of Mr Lloyd Pack's death was 'shocking' and 'completely unexpected'.
The Doctor Who star, who lives in north Norfolk, worked with Mr Lloyd Pack four times, most recently on the drama In Love With Alma Cogan - which was shot in and around Cromer Pier - and blockbuster, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Mr Hurt said: 'He was terrific, he's almost a talisman for me, I can't do this unless Roger's in it.
'If you worked with him, laughed with him and joked with him and had serious conversations with him, it's of course a lament.'
Mr Hurt's wife Anwen, who produced In Love With Alma Cogan, added: 'Roger was a lot of fun, I enjoyed working with him. It's just terribly sad. He was a lovely, lovely man and taken too young.'
Colleague 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.'
Nicholas Lyndhurst - who played Rodney in the sitcom - also paid tribute to his former Only Fools and Horses co-star: 'I'm so saddened to hear about Roger. He was the most accomplished actor and loved by millions. I will miss him greatly.'
Tessa Peake-Jones, who played Raquel in Only Fools and Horses, said: 'Roger was an incredibly versatile actor but his understanding of the character Trigger was always filled with enormous humour whilst never straying from the truth. He was a very kind man and I will always remember him with admiration.'
Gwyneth Strong, who played Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses, said: 'Today is a very sad day. I have lost a true friend and an incredibly gifted work colleague.'
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.'
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.'
Lord Sugar tweeted: 'Sad news on the death of Fools and Horses actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger). One of my favourite TV characters. RIP'
Norwich comedian Karl Minns added: 'RIP Roger Lloyd Pack: a brilliant comic actor. Lucky enough to work with him a few years back: a lovely fella.'
Cricket broadcaster Jonathan Agnew said: 'Devastated to learn of death of Roger Lloyd-Pack. Good friend, loved cricket. Handled the constant 'Alright Dave?' brilliantly. Sad day. He used to learn his lines while watching cricket from the stands.'
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