Michael Sleggs has revealed he is dying of cancer and has been sent home from hospital to enjoy his final days at the age of 33.
In an emotional Facebook post, the This Country actor confirmed there is no more treatment available to him in a tragic echo of his character Michael “Slugs” Slugette in the BBC 3 comedy.
Michael even slipped into a coma earlier this month after accidentally overdosing on morphine, and told friends he wants to say goodbye.
The comedic star 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.
“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 schmaltzy but not everyone has the chance to say goodbye so indulge me lol.”
“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 don’t have any regrets.”
Friends and fans flocked to add their messages of love and support under his post.
Michael staged his acting debut in This Country and appeared in seven episodes as Slugs.
His character was friends with Kerry and Kurtan, played by Charlie and Daisy May Cooper, who created the show and based Slugs on Michael himself.
Charlie said of Michael: “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?'” Charlie told Cotswolds Life in 2017.
In a disturbing coincidence, Slugs also battles terminal cancer in the comedy series.
Back in December, Michael kept up his sense of humour when he shared a picture of himself in hospital holding up a throwback post on his phone.
“Checked my Facebook memories, 3 years to the day I was in the hospital for heart failure,” he wrote.
“It’s like a crap die hard franchise, ‘How can the same s**t happen to the same guy twice!’ lol. Soz I ain’t looking for pity, just tickled me.”
In March he revealed he’d been stuck in hospital for six weeks and was fed up.
Michael’s last Instagram post was published on May 9 and showed a load of sweet treats laid out on his hospital bed.
“My cousins arrived at my hospital bed side bearing gifts. I should get ill more often,” he joked.
Michael recently signed a book deal to publish his autobiography Memoirs Of A 90s School Boy, which is “a comedy/biography about my time at primary school and the different people I met there”, he said.
A spokesman for Austin Macaulay Publishers confirmed: “We don’t know when the exact publication date will be as it is still in the middle of being worked on, but hopefully towards the end of this year or early next year.”
His co-star Daisy told Cotswolds Life that Michael’s writing is hilarious.
“He’s a great writer – we went to Powell’s [Primary] School together and I’ll often say, ‘Will you write something about what it was like to be at the Powell’s School fete in the summer of ’95?’, and he’ll write five chapters on it and they’ll be really funny.”