Only Fools and Horses star John Challis cancels tour after secret cancer battle

ONLY Fools And Horses favourite John Challis has cancelled a speaking tour due to ill health.

The TV star, 79, had started his 30-date spoken word tour, but was told to stop after completing just one date.


It had been due to run from this month to November.

A statement from the tour promoter A Way With Media said: “Due to ill health, John's tour is cancelled with immediate effect. 

“He completed the first show of his present tour, intending to continue. However, he has been advised to cancel further engagements.”

It is believed John – who played Boycie on Only Fools alongside Sir David Jason for the show’s 22-year run – was only told days ago he should not tour.

It comes after John told how he was pondering his death during lockdown.

He revealed in a recent chat to promote his new documentary Boycie In Belgrade he wants his epitaph to echo Oasis’ ’90s catchphrase “We’re having it”.

The actor said he wants his gravestone to include the message “I had that adventure”.

He came up with the farewell while admitting Covid has left him pondering his mortality.

John said he will also find it hard to say goodbye to his love of gardening, the sea and sky.

And he’ll even miss the hardships of life when he shuffles off.

John mulled about dying: “One day the lights are going to go out and you’re going to miss this, you’re going to miss that… I was a great gardener, in my head.

“Whatever frustrations there are – there’s always problems, the way that life goes, and people go through extraordinary times – but I find it fascinating.

“It’s very difficult and frustrating and so on, and I find it scary, watching the news and hearing people’s opinions. But I think I’d miss that.

“I’d miss the sea life and sky, and also those wonderful early days of getting up on stage for the first time.”

When asked if he had thought what he wants written on his gravestone, John said: “I had that adventure.”

It’s similar to Noel Gallagher’s wish for his epitaph.

The High Flying Birds singer, 54, said would be: “I had it more than you”.

He and younger brother Liam, 48, used to constantly yell they were “having it” at the peak of their fame.

John, who played snide car dealer Boycie alongside Sir David Jason’s Del for Only Fools’ 22-year run, recently filmed the documentary Boycie In Belgrade.

Out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming services, it showed him travel to the Balkans to explore why Only Fools has a cult following in the country.

John added: “I’m delighted to have gone out there and done that. and I’ve always done that in my profession and found little avenues and new things to do.”

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