'I'm dying,' This Country star reveals | Michael Sleggs thanks fans as he shares tragic news of his terminal diagnosis © BBC

'I'm dying,' This Country star reveals

Michael Sleggs thanks fans as he shares tragic news of his terminal diagnosis

This Country star Michael Sleggs has revealed that he is dying.

The 33-year-old actor, who plays Slugs in the hit sitcom and is a long-time friend of creators Charlie and Daisy May Cooper, posted a social media message disclosing that he doesn't have long to live.

Sleggs has previously suffered cancer and heart failure, while his character in the BBC sitcom was also diagnosed with cancer. 

He wrote on a public fan page for This Country: '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.

'No specific time limit has been given but deterioration has been fairly rapid. I've been sleeping a lot and narrowly dodged a coma by accidentally overdosing on morphine the other day. Anyway 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. Sorry if this status is too schmaltzy but not everyone has the chance to say goodbye so indulge me lol.'

Taking solace in his Christian faith, Sleggs added that, 'regardless of a few medical issues, I have been blessed with the best life and the best friends and aside from not following God more diligently earlier in life I don't have any regrets.'

Appearing in seven episodes, This Country was Sleggs's acting debut. Slugs was a friend of the Coopers's characters Kerry and Kurtan, and began a relationship with Kayleigh, played by Celeste Dring.

Slugs

The Coopers based the character on Sleggs himself, although their pal was apparently slow to cotton on.

Speaking to Cotswolds Life in 2017, Charlie said: ‘He didn’t realise the character was anything to do with him. He went up to Daisy during filming and goes, "I know who the character is based on."

‘And Daisy’s like, "Yeah I’m sorry mate, I hope you’re all right with that." And he said, "It’s Paul Fisher isn’t it?"’

The tragic news comes as Sleggs is just about to become an author, having signed a deal with Austin Macaulay Publishers to publish Memoirs of a 90s School Boy, 'a comedy/biography about my time at primary school and the different people I met there'. 

In their contract letter, which Sleggs posted online, the publisher called the manuscript 'entertaining and irreverent’.

Austin Macaulay confirmed to Chortle that production is underway on Memoirs Of A 90s School Boy. A spokesperson said: ' We don’t know when the exact publication date will be as it is still in the middle of being worked on, but hopefully towards the end of this year or early next year.'

The Coopers and the This Country production team have declined to comment out of respect for Sleggs's privacy.

Here is a clip of Slugs trying to persuade Kerry and Kurtan to join him in completing his bucket list:

- by Jay Richardson

Published: 30 May 2019

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