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No One Knew He Was Suffering: Fawlty Towers Comedian Dies Of Dementia

Andrew Sachs, 86, has died after a four-year battle with dementia.

He rose to fame in Fawlty Towers alongside fellow comedians John Cleese and Connie Booth.  He passed away in the care of his wife at a home care facility. His wife, Melody Sachs, revealed that he had suffered from vascular dementia in his final years. The disease caused him to lose his capacity to speak and write in the end.

His wife tells the the Telegraph, that "he had the best life and the best death you could ever have."

Sachs played the affable and often hapless Spanish waiter, Manuel in John Cleese' Fawlty Towers. The show gained national popularity in the 70s and Manuel's catchphrase "I know nothing" along with Basil Fawlty's dismissive "He's from Barcelona" became pop-culture catchphrases.

The sitcom made comedic history and has regularly been voted one of the best-loved BBC programs ever made.

Andrew Sachs starred in Fawlty Towers with John Cleese and Connie Booth.

Sachs was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2012. The disease is the second most common form of dementia characterized by sudden mood changes, loss of language, speech, and memory.

"We were happy, we were always laughing, we never had a dull moment. He had dementia for four years and we didn't really notice it at first until the memory started going," said his wife.

"We're both as daft as brushes. We were married for 57 years. We loved each other very deeply and it was a pleasure looking after him. I miss him terribly."


Actor John Cleese tweeted a lovely tribute to his departed friend, which has been shared by thousands of fans.

It's impossible to imagine classic British comedy without including Andrew Sachs, may he rest in peace.

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