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Only Fools And Horses star Patrick Murray, 65, reveals he's had a 'tumour' removed from his lung


‘I have a fighting chance’: Only Fools And Horses star Patrick Murray, 65, is diagnosed with cancer… four months after John Challis died at 79 following long battle with the illness

  • The actor, 65 confirmed the news on Tuesday evening while publicly endorsing a new government drive to get mystery aches and pains checked out 


Former Only Fools And Horses star Patrick Murray has been diagnosed with cancer after doctor’s discovered a malignant tumour in his lung. 

The actor, 65, best known for his role as Trilby loving wide-boy Mickey Pearce, confirmed the news on Tuesday evening while publicly endorsing a new government drive to get mystery aches and pains checked out.  

The announcement comes just four months after former co-star John Challis – Cockney car dealer Terrance ‘Boycie’ Boyce – died of cancer, aged 79. 

Announcement: Former Only Fools And Horses star Patrick Murray has been diagnosed with cancer after doctor's discovered a malignant tumour in his lung

Announcement: Former Only Fools And Horses star Patrick Murray has been diagnosed with cancer after doctor’s discovered a malignant tumour in his lung

He tweeted: ‘Naturally I wanted to keep my own health problems private, but failing to fully endorse this ad would be selfish.

‘Thanks to my ultrascan I have a fighting chance. It showed my organs needed further investigation and tumours were spotted. This led to a PET scan which covers a much larger area.

‘To my wonderful surprise these lesions were not cancerous but the scan did find an early-stage cancerous tumour in my lung. This has since been removed.’ 

Speaking out: Murray confirmed the news on Tuesday evening while publicly endorsing a new government drive to get mystery aches and pains checked out

Speaking out: Murray confirmed the news on Tuesday evening while publicly endorsing a new government drive to get mystery aches and pains checked out

Old times: The actor is best known for his role as Trilby loving wide-boy Mickey Pearce (pictured in 2002)

Old times: The actor is best known for his role as Trilby loving wide-boy Mickey Pearce (pictured in 2002)

He added: ‘I am tweeting now, which wouldn’t be the case if I hadn’t had the ultrasound all those months ago.

‘A lot of people put these symptoms down to age and the discomfort to simply having a weak stomach. Please don’t ignore it if it persists.

‘As for me, and thanks to the NHS, I can now see the same beautiful horizon as you.’ 

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