Fawlty Towers Star Andrew Sachs Dies Age 86

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2016 has claimed yet another household name. Fawlty Towers legend Andrew Sachs has died aged 86 following a 4-year battle with dementia, that sadly left him wheelchair-bound and unable to speak.

The immensely loved actor, best known for his part as Spanish waiter Manuel in the timeless 70s classic Fawlty Towers passed away in a care home last week, and his funeral took place on Thursday.


His widow, Melody, had been caring for him to the point where she collapsed after developing acute stress, but recovered quickly and went straight back to caring for Sachs. She stated, “My heart has been broken every day for a long time.” She added that the couple were happy to the very end, and despite the horrible battle Andrew Sachs faced, she never once “heard him grumble.”

Sachs was diagnosed with the second most common form of dementia, vascular dementia, in 2012, and suffered a tiresome 4-year battle.


Melody Sachs said, “It wasn’t all doom and gloom. He still worked for 2 years. We were happy, we were always laughing, we never had a dull moment.” She noted that although Sachs suffered with the illness for 4 years,  it “didn’t really get bad until quite near the end.”

The beloved actor died on November the 23rd, and yesterday, family and friends gathered to say their final goodbyes in North London.


To celebrate the brilliance of Andrew Sachs, here are some of Manuel’s best moments.


Manuel Mans the Phones:


Basil Gives Manuel a Language Lesson:


I Know Nothing!:


Manuel Practices His English:


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