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Gareth Richards dies aged 41 after 'terrible' car crash as comedy world pays tribute

Comedian Gareth Richards has sadly passed away at the age of 41 following a fatal car collision. His wife Laura shared a heart breaking statement with devastated fans this afternoon to confirm the star died last night, 12 days after the horrific crash.

The dad-of-two was involved in the accident on the morning of Monday 27th March and sustained severe brain injuries as a result, the Mirror reports. Laura wrote: "It is with great sadness that I have to share that Gareth passed away on Friday 7th April (Good Friday) at 6.30pm.

"He was in a terrible car accident on Monday 27th March at 11.30pm and sustained serious brain injuries. It was a miracle that he arrived at the hospital alive.

"Since then, the doctors and nurses have been incredible and have kept him in a stable and sedated condition. However, the latest scan revealed that the extent of the damage was so severe that they would have to remove all of the supportive medications and allow him to be at peace.

"The boys are bearing up well. There will be details of the funeral and other ways to remember Gareth to follow, as I know that he was well loved.

Gareth Richards, 41 passed away yesterday evening after a fatal car crash (Instagram/frankontheradi​o)

"At the moment the grief is a lot to cope with. Thank you all for your support and kindness."

The comedy world has been left devastated by the news of the star's passing and paid tribute to the talented comedian following his wife's Facebook statement. Comedian Rhys James tweeted: "I was a fan of Gareth Richards before I met him and was so thrilled by how lovely and hilarious he was offstage as well as on.

"A giant of joke writing. A pleasure to know and an honour to die on my arse alongside at some real stinker network gigs back in the day. RIP."

The comedian co-hosted Frank's radio show for two years (FACEBOOK))

Ted Lasso star Lloyd Griffith wrote: "This is heartbreaking. Gareth, you were the kindest man ever, and so so funny. I used to watch this over and over again when I first got into comedy. Rest in peace pal xx."

Comic Josh Pugh said: "Thoughts with @garethrichards family and friends such a kind and funny man."

Gareth formerly co-hosted with Frank Skinner on his Absolute Radio Show who broke down in tears in a heart breaking moment earlier this month on air when he revealed Gareth was fighting for his life.

Comedian Frank, 66 became overwhelmed with emotion as he shared the tragic news with listeners on the programme which airs every Saturday morning. He said: "One thing you have to learn to do in this line of work is out on a false front and the show must go, that's what happened this morning."

WARNING TAKEN FROM INSTAGRAM Frank Skinner breaks down in tears on radio show as co-host fights for his life - Gareth Richards (Instagram)

Talking to his co-host Emily Dean, he continued: "We have been doing this show for 14 years and when we first did the pilot for it, me and Emily, it was rubbish, just the two of us. Couldn't do it.

"We got a guest on the next one who was Gareth Richards, who was brilliant on her and we asked him to do the show. And so for the first few years it was me, Em and Gareth.

"He became a very close friend and has supported me on tour. Gareth and Emily are very very close."

Explaining Gareth's condition, Frank added: "Gareth was in a very big road accident this week and it is not looking great for Gareth. He is in hospital and he is fighting and it's not looking great.

"I didn't want to do this show without mentioning him." Frank then asked listeners to keep his dear friend Gareth in their prayers.

He continued: "He is a fantastic bloke. I don't know if any of you do pray but if you do, give one for Gareth this week".

An emotional Emily added: "We love you, Gareth" as Frank agreed: "We do. I am not going to pretend, it's bad but you know, there is always hope."

Skinner broke down in tears on his show as he told listeners about Gareth's poor condition after the accident (West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty)

Gareth co-hosted Frank's show for two years and continued to make appearances on the radio show. He also supported Frank on his 2014 and 2020 tours.

Meanwhile, Gareth has also appeared on Russell Howard's Good News, as well as BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.

Gareth had previously gushed in 2018 about taking part in Frank's radio show as he posed for a photo at the radio station with the logo seen behind him. In a Facebook post, he wrote: "Really enjoyed doing the Frank Skinner Radio Show this morning.

"You can download the podcast if you missed it. I’m on again next week too." A week before Frank shared the tragic news, Gareth News shared a tweet which revealed he was due to appear at the Krater Comedy Club in Bath.

The tweet read: "Tomorrow night at at Krater Comedy Club, we’ll be joined by the hilarious @garethrichards, @tadiwamahlunge, @stephencgrant and MC @HStachini! There will also be a British Sign Language interpreter live on stage at this event!"

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