Nicholas Lyndhurst's son Archie's tragic final Instagram post before his death quoted late rapper Mac Miller
NICHOLAS Lyndhurst's son Archie's tragic final Instagram post before his death quoted late rapper Mac Miller.
The 19-year-old CBBC actor was discovered at his family home in Fulham last week, in non-suspicious circumstances.
Archie’s mum Lucy, who has been married to Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas for 21 years, today posted an emotional tribute to her son.
In May, Archie had shared a smiling photo of himself wearing a beanie hat and knitted jumper.
The teen is beaming in the photo, and paid tribute to US rapper Mac Miller in the caption.
He wrote: "No matter where life takes me find [me] with [a] smile” – Mac Miller 🖤"
The line is taken from Mac's 2011 song Best Day Ever, with the musician tragically passing away in September 2018 after an accidental overdose at the age of 26.
This was Archie's final post on the social media page, aside from a black square shared as part of Blackout Tuesday on 2nd June.
Archie tragically died on 22 September. Police and ambulance were called “to a report of a concern for welfare” and he was declared dead at the scene.
His death is being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious.”
Police are no longer actively investigating and have passed a file to the West London coroner.
An inquest into Archie's death is due to be opened next week.
In response to an emotional post about Archie's death on Instagram by Game of Thrones star Samuel Small, his grieving mum wrote: "He will love you and watch over you forever."
Samuel was Archie's best friend and starred alongside him in So Awkward.
In the heartfelt tribute, he wrote: "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.”
Describing Archie’s death as “devastating”, 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.”
CBBC head of content Cheryl Taylor described Archie as "such a talented young actor", adding: "All of us at BBC Children's are devastated.
"He will be greatly missed by us all and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this time."
Channel X North, the production company that makes So Awkward for the channel, said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" by Archie’s death.
"He was an incredibly talented performer and his contribution to So Awkward, on and off screen, will not be forgotten, it said in a statement:
"As well as hilarious, he was a generous, kind-hearted young man who we had the honour to work with on the show for seven years.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."
Archie followed in his dad’s footsteps into acting and the teen actor had already enjoyed a number of roles on the small screen.
His breakthrough came as Ollie Coulton in the children's Bafta-winning CBBC series So Awkward.
He also played a young version of Jack Whitehall’s character Alfie Wickers in the sitcom Bad Education and guest starred in an episode of Casualty.
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