This Country actor Michael Sleggs has revealed he is dying of cancer following a ‘fairly rapid’ deterioration.
The 33-year-old TV star shared the devastating news with his fans in a moving Facebook post last week, explaining he plans to spend his final days at home with his family.
Michael is best known for playing Michael ‘Slugs’ Slugette in the award-winning BBC Three comedy and is a long-time friend of show creators Charlie and Daisy May Cooper.
Sad news: This Country actor Michael Sleggs has revealed he is dying of cancer aged 33 , telling fans ‘deterioration has been fairly rapid’
The character, who appeared on seven episodes of the show, was also diagnosed with terminal cancer in a tragic twist of fate – but beats the illness.
Posting on his Facebook page, Michael wrote: ‘Hi friends, as a lot of you are probably aware I’ve spent a lot of time in and out of hospital over the past few months.
‘This last time it was decided i was reaching the end of options so they’ve sent me home on palliative care to live out the remainder of my days at home.
‘No specific time limit has been given but deterioration has been fairly rapid.
‘I’ve been sleeping a lot and narrowly dodged a coma by accidentally overdosing on morphine the other day.
‘Anyway as you can imagine this isn’t the ideal way I wished things to go and my family are dealing with a lot of grief.
This Country: Michael is best known for playing Michael ‘Slugs’ Slugette in the award-winning BBC 3 comedy, who was also diagnosed with terminal cancer
Emotional post: The actor made the news public last week by sharing a moving statement with his friends and followers on Facebook
‘Just wanted to say I love everyone reading this status so much, you have all been such amazing, kind, caring people who have all touched my life in so many unique and incredible ways.
‘Sorry if this status is too shmaltzy but not everyone has the chance to say goodbye so indulge me lol.’
Michael revealed his Christian faith had helped him come to terms with his diagnosis and he was taking comfort from his religious beliefs.
‘If you’re wondering why I’m not sounding freaked out by the whole situation’, he continued.
‘Well, initially I was, but, as always in a time of crisis (should have been way before I’m ashamed to say) I turned to God and my Christian faith.
‘Been reading the Bible daily, listening to Christian songs and sermons and its changed my entire mindset to nothing but peace and gratitude.
Acting debut: The seven episode role was Michael’s first foray into acting and won him a legion of fans. He is a long-time friend of show creators and stars Charlie and Daisy May Cooper (pictured together)
‘Guys, regardless of a few medical issues, I have been blessed with the best life and the best friends and aside from not following God more diligently earlier in life I dont have any regrets.
‘If you dont know Jesus already, my only hope is that you get to know him before you get to my state. He’ll totally rock your world in the best way!’
Michael has previously suffered from cancer and heart failure.
He has kept his Instagram followers updated on his health battle on social media, writing on 1 March: ‘I think I’m starting to run out of lives.’
A BBC spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.
The sad news comes shortly after Michael signed a deal with Austin Macaulay Publishers to publish his first book, an ‘entertaining and irreverent’ autobiography called Memoirs Of A 90s School Boy.
At peace: Michael revealed his Christian faith had helped him come to terms with his diagnosis and he was taking comfort from his religious beliefs
The book is billed as ‘a comedy/biography about my time at primary school and the different people I met there’.
On mockumentary This Country, which began airing in 2017, Slugs was introduced as the boring friend of This Country’s central characters Kerry and Kurtan.
He then begins a relationship with Kayleigh (Celeste Dring) after vying for the village newcomer’s attentions with love rival Kurtan.
One memorable scene sees cousins Kurtan and Kerry shun poor Slugs as he tries to convince them to go to laser quest with him, on a mission to tick off another item from his ”cancer bucket list’.
Kerry moans: ‘Oh s**t it’s Slugs… the thing is, he’ll trap you for ages, he’ll never leave.
‘I should feel sorry for him because he’s got terminal cancer, but he’s so utterly annoying! If you want to do a bucket list that’s fine, but don’t drag us into it’.
Show creators the Coopers based the character on Sleggs himself, but Michael didn’t notice the resemblance at first.
Charlie previously told Cotswolds Life: ‘He didn’t realise the character was anything to do with him. He went up to Daisy during filming and goes, “I know who the character is based on.”
‘And Daisy’s like, “Yeah I’m sorry mate, I hope you’re all right with that.” And he said, “It’s Paul Fisher isn’t it?”’
Role: On This Country, Slugs was introduced as a friend of This Country’s central characters Kerry and Kurtan and began a relationship with Kayleigh (Celeste Dring, pictured)