In his first full statement since the death of his ‘ChuckleVision’ co-star, the entertainer told the Press Association: “I still can’t believe he’s gone and that we will never perform together again.”
Paul also said he “knew nothing of how serious his illness was until fairly recently”, following his brother Jimmy’s admission Barry had been suffering from bone cancer that had spread to his lungs prior to his death.
“He always said that he wanted to die on stage and that he would work right to the end which he more or less did,” Paul said.
“Our Barry kept it to himself and he kept it from me, knowing how close we were and we have always been!
“He was a trooper in every sense of the word and right to the end.”
Paul worked alongside Barry on nearly 300 episodes of ‘ChuckleVision’, making the show one of the longest-running kids’ series on UK television.
The pair had recently filmed a new series titled ‘Chuckle Time’ for Channel 5.
Barry had not been well towards the end of the filming and summer work was cancelled whilst he rested at his doctor’s request. Not long after this, his health deteriorated.
“We were so close, as close as any siblings could be, and we had so very many happy times and memories together to look back on,” Paul said.
“Whilst on a break from filming we laughed a lot remembering the good times and all the people we’ve met over so many years in pantomimes, theatres, tours, summer seasons and filming in television.
“I only wish he hadn’t been taken so young, as in today’s terms 73 isn’t old and anyway you’re only as old as you feel inside and Baz was still in his twenties.
“God bless to my lovely brother and my very best friend of so many years. He will be sorely missed and I am in a daze!
“And thank you to everybody for all your lovely messages.
“From Me To You Bro! Love you!”
The pair’s brother Jimmy previously told The Sun of Barry’s illness, stating: “He was ill for years, but kept it hidden.
“We knew about it, but kept it quiet, and all the family are really hurting right now.”