Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst’s son Archie dies aged 19

Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst's son Archie has died at the age of 19.

The CBeebies actor, 19, was discovered at the family home in Fulham last week, as his devastated mum Lucy, who has been married to Nicholas for 21 years, confirmed the news.

Replying to an emotional post about Archie's death on Instagram by Game of Thrones star Samuel Small, she wrote: "He will love you and watch over you forever."

Police and ambulance were called "to a report of a concern for welfare"on September 22 and Archie was declared dead at the scene.

They are said to be no longer actively investigating his death and have passed the file to a coroner in West London.

His death is being treated as "unexplained but not suspicious."

Archie's best friend Samuel Small paid tribute to his friend in a heartfelt tribute on social media, writing: "To my brother Archie. I still can’t quite comprehend that you have passed. You still had so much life to live and I’d give anything for you to keep on living it.

"My heart aches all day and everyday thinking about you and I just wish I could talk to you just one more time so you could know how much I loved you.

"I vow to make you proud with every last breath. Love you from now until infinity. Rest in power bro."

He added: "I wish you could’ve all known Archie how we knew him. I’ve never met someone so full of life and had touched so many peoples’ hearts.

"To be honest, I still can’t find the words that do him justice and show how much of a beautiful soul he was, but his mission was to make as many people happy as he could and trust me, he really really did."

Archie had starred in a number of small roles on TV, including as Ollie Coulton on CBeebies series So Awkward.

He also guest starred in an episode of Casualty and played a young Jack Whitehall in the Bad Education movie.

Archie was also dating his So Awkward co-star Nethra Tilakumara before his death, sharing a number of posts with the young actress.

The young actor had previously revealed that his dad, who played Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, warned him against going into show business.

He told Tresa Magazine: "He eventually asked me why I wanted to be an actor, and I said it’s because I wanted to make people laugh.

"He then sent me to drama school, I got my first agent, I started getting work, and now I’m here. I’m incredibly grateful for everything I’ve been given."

Nicholas said he warned his son: "I can’t offer any advice other than please don’t do it."

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