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CBBC offers young fans support as So Awkward star Archie Lyndhurst dies aged 19

CBBC has shared helplines for viewers following the death of So Awkward star Archie Lyndhurst.

Archie, the son of Only Fools And Horses legend Nicholas Lyndhurst, was found dead at the family home in Fulham on September 22.

The 19-year-old was best known for playing Ollie Coulton on the CBBC series So Awkward, the sixth series of which began in August this year.

A statement from CBBC read: ‘We’re so sorry to have to tell you that Archie Lyndhurst, who so brilliantly played Ollie in So Awkward on CBBC, has very sadly died after a short illness. 

‘Archie will be hugely missed by all who worked with him, and by all the fans who laughed along with Ollie in the show.’

It continued: ‘Remember, it’s ok to feel upset and shocked. Your feelings are valid.

‘Don’t bottle up your worries, talk to someone about how you feel.

‘If there’s no-one you feel you can talk to, contact Childline on 0800 1111 or online.’

Archie was the only son of actor Nicholas, 59, and his wife Lucy Smith, and he followed in his father’s footsteps by starring in So Awkward, Casualty and Bad Education.

He also had a keen interest in fashion and had started his own streetwear line called Fated To Pretend. 

An inquest into his death is set to be opened next week.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed: ‘Police were called at approximately 09:41hrs on Tuesday, 22 September to a report of a concern for welfare. 

‘Officers and London Ambulance Service attended.

‘At the scene a man was found unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene. His next of kin are aware. 

‘At this stage the death is treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will take place in due course.’

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