THIS Country’s Michael Sleggs has died aged 33 of heart failure.
The actor, who played Michael ‘Slugs’ Slugette in the BBC Three comedy, passed away overnight on Tuesday after living with a serious heart condition for many years.
The WTAF A This Country podcast’s official Twitter account shared the sad news this morning.
Sharing a picture of Michael, it wrote: “We are devastated! Our friend, the man the legend Michael Sleggs #Slugs passed away last night.
“RIP Michael. You are one in a million.”
Soon after, Michael’s close friend Camilla-Alicia Bates gave shocked fans a further update.
She tweeted: “Last night just before midnight I lost my dear friend, My love @Michael_Sleggs my absolute rock who has always been there for me.
“So grateful I got to spend his final resting with him and so glad he is out of pain and at peace.
“I love you forever. #loveyou #rip #sluggs.”
This Country’s producer, Simon Mayhew-Archer, paid tribute to Michael on Twitter, writing: “Michael encapsulated the spirit and humour of This Country.
“He was a fantastic, talented man who brought tremendous joy to all who knew him & saw him. I loved working with him & will miss him.”
In May, Michael revealed he was dying and would spend his final days at home with his family after medics had run out of options to treat his heart condition.
He has suffered health struggles in the past, having been diagnosed with cancer and heart failure.