Being honored is Archie Lindhurst, CBBC star and son of Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas, who passed away at the age of 19.
The children’s TV channel said in a tweet on Twitter that its entire team was devastated by the death of “such a talented young actor.”
Archie is best known for playing Olli Colton in the CBBC comedy So Awkward, having starred in the show since its release in 2015.
We are very sorry to tell you that Archie Lindhurst, who brilliantly played in the first game in So Awkward on CBBC, died grievously after a short illness.
Everyone who worked with him, and all the fans who laughed with Olly on the show, will miss Archie hugely. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SfXP8TIz2Q
– CBBC (cbbc) October 1, 2020
A CBC statement said he died after a short illness.
“We will miss him a lot from all of us, and my condolences to his family and friends at this time,” he added.
The channel also urged any young viewers affected by the news to share their feelings and talk to someone.
Archie’s father played Rodney Trotter, Sir David Jason Del Boy’s bad younger brother, in Only Fools and Horses.
John Chalice, who played Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running comedy on BBC, said Archie’s death was “the worst news ever,” adding that his “heart hurts Nick and Lucy,” his parents.
Archie’s friend and star So Awkward Samuel Small, who has also appeared on the BBC drama Game Of Thrones and The Nest, shared several photos and said he never knew anyone who “touched so many people’s hearts” in a sentimental Instagram tribute.
In response to the tribute, a message from Lucy Lindhurst’s account said: “He will love you and watch you forever.”
Archie started his career at Sylvia Young Theater School, according to his biography.
In addition to CBBC, he has also appeared in the hospital drama Casualty and in the comedy Jack Whitehall Bad Education, as well as other projects playing a younger version of the comedian.
His death isn’t the first tragedy to hit CBBC in recent years.
Sixteen-year-old Millie Inbitwin who was never Mia’s star Lesia Naylor passed away in hospital in 2019.