This Country’s Michael Sleggs dead aged 33 – BBC 3 comedy actor dies overnight

THIS Country's Michael Sleggs has died aged 33.

The actor played Michael ‘Slugs’ Slugette in the BBC Three comedy is believed to have passed away overnight on Tuesday.

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."

In May, Michael revealed he was dying of cancer and would spend his final days at home with his family.

In an emotional Facebook post, the 33-year-old actor shared the devastating news he didn't have long left to live.

He has suffered health struggles in the past, having been diagnosed with cancer and heart failure.

Michael was best known for playing Slugs – who in a tragic twist also suffers from cancer – in the BBC3 comedy created by Charlie Cooper and Daisy May Cooper.

Writing on a public fan page for This Country, he said: "Hi friends, as a lot of you are probably aware I've spent a lot of time in and out of hospital over the past few months.

"This last time it was decided I was reaching the end of options so they've sent me home on palliative care to live out the remainder of my days at home.

"No specific time limit has been given but deterioration has been fairly rapid.

"I've been sleeping a lot and narrowly dodged a coma by accidentally overdosing on morphine the other day.

"Anyway as you can imagine this isn't the ideal way I wished things to go and my family are dealing with a lot of grief.

"Just wanted to say I love everyone reading this status so much, you have all been such amazing, kind, caring people who have all touched my life in so many unique and incredible ways.

"Sorry if this status is too schmaltzy but not everyone has the chance to say goodbye so indulge me lol."

He added: "Regardless of a few medical issues, I have been blessed with the best life and the best friends and aside from not following God more diligently earlier in life I don't have any regrets."

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