The CBBC actor Archie Lyndhurst, the son of the Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, died from a brain haemorrhage, his mother has said.
Lucy Smith, a former ballet dancer, said a postmortem found his death was due to natural causes. Her 19-year-old son had had “numerous bleeds” on the brain and would have died painlessly in his sleep, the doctor confirmed to her, at his home in Fulham, west London, on 22 September.
“The results utterly floored us to think something like this could happen. It’s very rare and around only 800 people a year die from it,” she said of the intracerebral haemorrhage.
“Only days before he’d been with the love of his life, Nethra, celebrating his birthday early as she was due to go away with work commitments. Life is fragile, precious and sometimes incredibly cruel.”
Writing on Instagram, she added: “Nick and I try each day to make Archie proud, but it’s baby steps, beyond hard and a struggle at times. The world is a very different place without him. One of my last conversations with him was about all that was going on in the world, the chaos, anger about all different subjects.
“He looked at me with his huge blue soulful eyes, shook his head and said: ‘All the world needs is love mama, it’s so easy to love.’
“Archie was an empath. He loved life, he valued everyone in it and every moment he was given. He was always singing, and had such energy and passion in everything he did. To be part of his life has been the biggest joy mad honour. We miss him everyday and always will.”
Lyndhurst was best known for starring as Ollie Coulton in the comedy show So Awkward, and was described by CBBC’s head of content, Cheryl Taylor, as “such a talented young actor”.
Smith suggested she was forced into making the statement by media outlets who may have been planning to carry speculative reports about Lyndhurst’s death.
“To have a coroner call you a few days after your child has died to say the press have been calling for the results of Archie’s postmortem, I think stoops to an all-time low for us. What gives the press the right to badger a coroner’s office solely to find the cause of death before the parents?
“The complete lack of empathy is astounding. We released no information at the time as we had no idea what he had died from.”
Archie’s funeral took place in a tiny chapel in November, Smith said in an earlier message.