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Andrew Sachs’ Widow Melody Opens Up About ‘Lasting Effect’ Of Jonathan Ross And Russell Brand’s Voicemail Scandal

'No one will ever know how deeply we were hurt by it all.'

10/12/2016 08:55 GMT | Updated 10/12/2016 09:29 GMT

Andrew Sachs’ widow, Melody, has given an emotional new interview, in which she discusses the impact of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’s infamous 2008 voicemail stunt.

The pair left the veteran actor explicit messages on his personal number, including references to the fact Russell had slept with the actor’s granddaughter, Georgina Baillie, and broadcast their efforts on Radio 2.

At the time, the stunt caused outrage and following the sad news of Andrew’s death, Melody has opened up about the “lasting effect” of it, admitting that it caused their family a great deal of stress.

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Andrew and Melody in 2009 
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Russell snd Jonathan later expressed regret over the stunt 
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German-born actor Andrew was best known for his role as waiter Manuel, in 'Fawlty Towers' 

News of Andrew’s death broke last week, and a number of figures from the entertainment industry rushed to pay tribute to the ‘Fawlty Towers’ legend.

Andrew was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2012, and his condition deteriorated significantly in his final weeks.

At the time, Melody issued a statement which read: “We were happy, we were always laughing, we never had a dull moment. He had dementia for four years and we didn’t really notice it at first until the memory started going.

“It didn’t get really bad until quite near the end. I nursed Andrew, I was there for every moment of it.”

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