Gareth Richards death – Tributes pour in as comedian dies after car accident last week | The Sun

TRIBUTES pour in after the shocking news that comedian Gareth Richards dies aged 41 after being involved in a "terrible" car crash on March 27.

His pal Frank Skinner broked down in tears on his Absolute Radio show as he announced the tragic news while Gareth's wife, Laura, released a heartbreaking statement with his fans this afternoon.

She said: "It is with great sadness that I have to share that Gareth passed away on Friday 7th April (Good Friday) at 6:30pm. He was in a terrible car accident on Monday 27th March at 11:30pm and sustained serious brain injuries.

"It was a miracle that he arrived at the hospital alive. Since then, the doctors and nurses have been incredible and have kept him in a stable and sedated condition. However, the latest scan revealed that the extent of the damage was so severe that they would have to remove all of the supportive medications and allow him to be at peace. The boys are bearing up well.

Meanwhile, Skinner confirmed that a special podcast will feature some of his best bits to remember his memory: "We are heartbroken about the loss of our dear friend, Gareth. We will miss him greatly. Tomorrow we will be releasing a podcast of some of his Best Bits on our show."

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    Gareth's mum asked people to 'pray' after crash

    After the crash, Gareth Richards' mother, Mary, asked her friends to send prayers to her son after being involved in a crash.

    She said: "Our lovely eldest son Gareth was involved in a major collision on the M25. He is now in hospital and the prognosis is not looking good apart from a major miracle.

    "We are able to sit with him amidst all tubes and machinery as he is not in any pain. Please pray for us as a family."

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    More tributes for Gareth

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    What more do we know about Frank?

    Frank is a recovering alcoholic who still daydreams about booze after ditching the bottle in 1986, following a severe bout of influenza.

    He also suffered a major blow during the credit crunch when his life savings all but vanished as they were tied up in bonds.

    Footie nut Frank is a life-long West Bromwich supporter and he took part in game show Taskmaster series 1 in 2015.

    He also presents an Absolute Radio show every Saturday morning and has a long-running podcast with the radio channel.

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    What is Frank Skinner known for?

    Some of his best TV shows include his and David Baddiel's Fantasy Football League, BBC chat show Room 101, The Frank Skinner Show and his improvised talk show called Baddiel And Skinner Unplanned.

    His career peaked when he recorded the famous 1998 World Cup song, Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) with Baddiel and Lightning Seeds.

    His self-titled chat show ran from 1995 to 1998 and ended amid reports the BBC had turned down his demand to be paid £20m.

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    Who is Frank Skinner?

    Frank Skinner was born on January 28, 1957 in West Bromwich.

    His birth name is Chris Collins, however, his parents preferred to call him Graham.

    He grew up as a massive fan of Elvis Presley, George Formby and Muhammad Ali whole he learned how to play the banjo ukelele.

    He began doing stand-up comedy at 20-years-old in 1987 and later that year he also made his TV debut.

    He got his stage name from a member of his dad's dominoes team and had his first proper TV project in 1991 with Channel 4's Packet of Three which ran till 1992.

    Frank Skinner won a Perrier Awared in 1991 and by the end of that decade he even got his own chat show.

    He's previously stated of his career: "I honestly believe I am the funniest person on the planet. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be here."

    In 2023, he received an MBE for his services to entertainment.

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    Frank Skinner to release podcast in honour of Gareth

    Close friend Frank Skinner confirmed that a podcast with some of Gareth's best comic bits will be released tomorrow.

    He took to Twitter, saying: "We are heartbroken about the loss of our dear friend, Gareth. We will miss him greatly.

    "Tomorrow we will be releasing a podcast of some of his Best Bits on our show."

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    Plans for fundraising in honour of Gareth Richards

    A number of performers are saying that they will fill Gareth Richards' upcoming bookings and all fees will be paid to his family.

    Meanwhile, his agent, Geoff Whiting, of Mirth Control, said that a fundraising event is in the planning and shall be held later this year to honour Gareth's memory.

    It's reported that a number of acts have already agreed to participate in the event.

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    Tribute from radio host

    Elis James from BBC Radio 5 Live also tweeted to honour Gareth's memory as she wrote: "I’m so sad to hear about Gareth Richards.

    "We started comedy at the same time and I was totally in awe of his talent, but more importantly I was always struck by how kind and gentle a man he was.

    "Just a complete delight to be around. My thoughts are with his family."

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    Tribute from best-selling author

    This Is Going To Hurt author, Adam Kay, wrote: "Indescribably sad about Gareth Richards.

    "It is an almost unique eulogy for a comedian that every single person they met says what a kind, sweet person they were. Rest in peace my friend."

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    Comedian Angela Barnes pays tribute

    Tributes from the comic world have been pouring in as they're devasted by the death of Gareth Richards.

    Angela Barnes tweeted: "The news we’ve all been dreading has come that @garethrichards has left us. He was so funny and, above all, so kind and gentle.

    "Love and strength to his family and friends and his comedy family who are all reeling from this. Rest in peace Gareth xxx"

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    More tributes

    British actress Lucy Beaumont tweeted: "The stand up comedy world has lost a truly unique, alternative comic today- Gareth Richards. You'll never heara bad word against him x"

    Comedian Rachel Parris said: "So so sad about Gareth Richards. What a lovely man. Funny and gentle and imaginative and curious. I’m so sorry for his family. What a loss."

    Meanwhile, another fellow comedian, Tiernan Douieb tweeted: "So gutted to hear about Gareth Richards. Everyone’s mentioned it but honestly it was a joy to know he was on a bill. Really awful news & so much love to his family."

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    What was Gareth Richard's cause of death?

    Gareth was involved in a serious car accident on Monday, March 27, 2023 on the M25 near Heathrow Airport.

    He has been in hospital, with his pal Frank Skinner previously speaking on his condition on his Absolute Radio show, saying: "Gareth was in a very big road accident this week and it is not looking great for Gareth.

    "He is in hospital and he is fighting and it's not looking great. I didn't want to do this show without mentioning him. He is a fantastic bloke. I don't know if any of you do pray but if you do, give one for Gareth this week.

    "I am not going to pretend, it's bad but you know, there is always hope."

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    Who was Gareth Richards?

    Gareth was a comedian who made his big break when he made the final of Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2007.

    He took stand-up routine to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, where his solo act, Stand Up Between Songs, was nominated for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer award.

    Richards has continued to perform in Edinburgh nearly every year since and was due to perform his tenth solo show at the event this year.

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    Frank Skinner speaking about Gareth on his radio show

    "One thing you have to learn to do in this line of work is out on a false front and the show must go, that's what happened this morning.

    "We have been doing this show for 14 years and when we first did the pilot for it, me and Emily, it was rubbish, just the two of us. Couldn't do it.

    "We got a guest on the next one who was Gareth Richards, who was brilliant on her and we asked him to do the show. And so for the first few years it was me, Em and Gareth.

    "He became a very close friend and has supported me on tour. Gareth and Emily are very very close."

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    More celebrity tributes

    Ted Lasso star Lloyd Griffith paid respect to Gareth Richards, saying: "This is heartbreaking. Gareth, you were the kindest man ever, and so so funny.

    "I used to watch this over and over again when I first got into comedy. Rest in peace pal xx."

    Meanwhile, comic Josh Pugh wrote: "Thoughts with @garethrichards family and friends such a kind and funny man."

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    Comedian Rhys James tribute

    Rhys James paid tribute to Gareth, tweeting: "I was a fan of Gareth Richards before I met him and was so thrilled by how lovely and hilarious he was offstage as well as on.

    "A giant of joke writing. A pleasure to know and an honour to die on my arse alongside at some real stinker network gigs back in the day. RIP."

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    Gareth Richards passes away aged 41

    Pal Frank Skinner broke down in tears on his Absolute Radio show as he announced the death of his comedian friend Gareth Richards.

    Gareth was involved in a "terrible" car crash on Monday, March 27, which left him with some "serioud brain injuries," his wife Laura said.

    She added how "it was a miracle that he arrived at the hospital alive," and how the hospital staff have been doing an "incredible" job at keeping him "in a stable and sedated condition."

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