1fawltAndrew Sachs, best known for his role in the beloved 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died at the age of 86, according to reports. The actor, who starred as harassed Spanish waiter Manuel in the comedy about a gaffe-prone hotel, reportedly passed away in a care home last week.

His wife Melody said he had been diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago, but his condition had rapidly deteriorated in the days before his death. “My heart has been broken every day for a long time,” Mrs Sachs told the Daily Mail.

Sachs continued to work in his later years, with recurring roles in the likes of Casualty and Coronation Street. The veteran actor also had an unwelcome return to front-page news in 2008 when Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross left lewd messages on his answering machine. “Sachsgate” led to Brand resigning from his show and Ross suspended from the BBC.