Earlier today it was announced the Chuckle Brothers legend passed away aged 73.

His 70-year-old sibling Paul immediately paid tribute saying: "I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."

The pair were set to star alongside one another in a production of Cinderella at the Hull New Theatre in December.

Following the news of Barry's death, the theatre also paid tribute to him on it's official Twitter account, writing: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Barry Chuckle. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time."

When contacted by The Sun Online about plans for the pantomime, a spokesperson had "no comment" but revealed a statement would be released in due course regarding how the theatre intended to proceed with the show.

Earlier, the acts manager Phil Dale said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.

"The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel."

Barry and Paul were born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and first appeared on talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967 before making their name with BBC show ChuckleVision in the 1980s and 1990s.

Barry had fallen ill while filming for a new Channel 5 show 'Chuckle Time' earlier this year and his condition deteriorated.

Barry and Paul first broke onto the BBC in 1985 with the show Chuckle Hounds, which was aimed at pre-school children and saw the comedy duo dressed as dogs.

But they found fame with ChuckleVision, which became known for catchphrases such as 'To Me To You' and 'Oh dear, oh dear'.

The show claimed a Children's BAFTA among a host of awards and was one of the longest running children's programmes on the BBC, running from 1987 to 2009.

After it finished the pair made appearances in programmes such as The Weakest Link, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and Celebrity Coach Trip.

More recently they had been guests on Walliams and Friend and Blankety Blank in 2016 and The Nightly Show in 2017.

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