LAUGHTER has helped Paul Chuckle cope with the physical pain of losing brother Barry.
Barry died from bone cancer last summer and Paul says he recalls moments from their 50 years of slapstick comedy together to get him his grief.
He told the Daily Star Sunday: “When you lose someone who is close to you, it physically hurts inside.
“It really hurts. I still miss Barry terribly.
“I’ve had a lot of loss in my life. I’ve lost my mum and dad, my only sister, and in 1974 I lost my three-month-old daughter. You don’t get used to it.
“But you can’t hold it in. You’ve got to let it out of you. You’ve got to cry. You’ve got to talk to people.
The eight-year-old girl was a big fan of the Chuckle Brother’s hit TV show, ChuckleVision[/caption]
“And, later on, you have to have a laugh and a joke and remember the good times.”
He added: “I don’t remember Barry in a sad way. I remember all the great, fun times we had together.”
The legend of Chucklevision – which ran on the BBC from 1987 to 2009 – has helped keep Barry’s flame alive as Paul says people still chant the pair’s “to you, to me” catchphrase.
Paul, real surname Elliott, added: “So much love poured out when the news broke that Barry had passed away.
“And even though he’s not here any more, people are always coming up to me to say we were part of their childhood. That’s great to hear.
“Chucklevision was on for more than 20 years. It had a really long run. So anyone under the age of 46 probably watched it through their school years.
“Everywhere I go I get people shouting, ‘To you, to me.’ . It’s happened in Rome, in Barcelona – wherever there are people from the UK I get it.”
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The iconic comedy duo were inseparable for 70 years before Barry’s death from bone cancer last August, aged 73.
Paul said Barry would have hated to die in a hospital – the star passed away at home in the care of Marie Curie nurses – and he admitted Barry’s dislike of them could have contributed to his death.
He also said Barry visited him in his dreams to say “there’s an afterlife”.