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Hairy Bikers viewers 'in tears' in poignant tribute to Dave Myers in first episode since his passing

Hairy Bikers viewers 'in tears' in poignant tribute to Dave Myers in first episode since his passing

The BBC cooking series aired last night

Over the last week, millions of tributes have been pouring in to honour the late, great Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers, whose death was announced on Thursday.

The celebrity chef sadly passed away aged 66 - after being diagnosed with cancer back in 2022 - with his family by his side.

The heartbreaking news was broken on Instagram by his long-time pal and dear BBC co-star, Si King.

"Hi everyone, I’m afraid I bear some sad news," Si wrote. "Most of you will know Dave has been fighting cancer for the past couple of years.

"Last night, on 28th February 2024, with Lili, Dave’s wife, his family, close friend David and myself by his side, he passed away peacefully at home. All who knew Dave are devastated at his passing.

"His beloved wife brought him such happiness as did her children, Iza and Sergiu who Dave loved like his own. Personally, I am not sure I can put into words on how I feel at the moment."

Describing his cast-mate as his 'best friend', Si, 57, went on to admit he'd 'miss him every day and the bond and friendship we shared over half a lifetime'.

Si King announced his co-star's tragic passing.

Dave's Strictly partner Karen Hauer was also one of the first celebrities to honour the TV favourite's incredible life, as were fellow chef Paul Hollywood and Celebs Go Dating expert Anna Williamson, with whom he performed in panto.

Following his death, the BBC announced it would still be airing the pre-recorded instalment of Hairy Bikers, which was broadcasted last night (5 March).

"Despite such sad times we know that Dave would have wanted you to continue to enjoy the magical series that he shot with Si last year," the channel announced beforehand.

"We'd like to thank everyone from all over the world, who has reached out with messages of love and support over the last few days. Every one of them has been read and truly appreciated."

And after the show aired in it's usual 7pm slot, viewers claimed they were left 'in tears' after producers paid another poignant tribute to the late star.

Dave died of cancer last week.

The BBC's announcer said before the episode aired: "The light, zesty and lovely Dave Myers. Gone but not forgotten."

The end of the episode also featured a picture of the foodie favourite, alongside the message: "In loving memory of our friend, Dave Myers. 1957 - 2024."

In the tear-jerking instalment - filmed as Dave and Si explored the culinary delights of North Wales - the star was seen telling his friend of his relief that cancer hadn't prevented him from making the show he loved.

"After my recent struggles, it looked like our adventures could be over," Dave gushed. "When I was told I was ill, I thought I'd never ride a motorcycle again, but we're doing it, we're here!"

Viewers were quick to offer their further condolences on X during the show.

"It doesn’t feel right that this series is the last we’ll see of Si and Dave," one penned. "Dave’s passing has left quite a large hole in the culinary TV space #HairyBikers #HairyBikersGoWest."

Viewers claimed they were left 'in tears' after watching the show.

Another went on: "Such a lovely guy. He will be so missed #Hairybikers."

"Watching the #HairyBikers Go West and am in tears. Sad to watch but so SO heartwarming to see the love between Si and Dave. The true definition of best friends," a third added.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

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