This Country star Daisy May Cooper has shared a heartbreaking message about Michael Sleggs the day before she is set to be married - after the actor died following a battle with cancer earlier this year.
Sleggs, who starred in the cult BBC Three sitcom alongside long-time pal Cooper, announced in May 2019 he was terminally ill with only months to live. He died on 9 July, aged 33.
Sharing a series of photos of Michael, she told her Instagram followers: “It’s me wedding tommorrow and this one was going to be one of my bridesmaids in a white suit.
“I miss you so much and I will miss you so bloody much tomorrow. Thank the lord for slugs x”
In a cruel case of life imitating art, the character played by Sleggs on This Country, Michael ‘Slugs’ Slugette, also had cancer. One episode of the show saw the character trying to complete a bucket list with the help of characters Kerry and Kurtan (Charlie Cooper).
Shortly after being told he had terminal cancer in real life Sleggs told his social media followers: “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.
“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.”
This Country ran for two series and was warmly received by critics. It won ‘Best Scripted Comedy’ at the 2018 British Academy Television Awards.