‘This Country’ Star Michael Sleggs Dies at Age 33: Report

By Tiffany Meier

Michael Sleggs, best known for starring in British mockumentary “This Country,” has died. He was 33.

The actor passed away at home on July 9, after battling a serious heart condition for several years.

“We are devastated! Our friend, the man the legend Michael Sleggs #Slugs passed away last night,” the official Twitter account for “WTAF A This Country Podcast” shared the tragic news on Twitter.

“RIP Michael. You are one in a million.”

Sleggs played Michael “Slugs” Slugette in the BBC Three comedy.

His friend, actor Camilla Alicia-Bates, also shared about his passing on Twitter.

“Last night just before midnight I lost my dear friend, My love @Michael_Sleggs my absolute rock who has always been there for me. So grateful I got to spend his final resting with him and so glad he is out of pain and at peace. I love you forever,” she wrote.

Bates told BBC that Sleggs was “always kind and caring, that never changed,” even with the fame from the mockumentary.

Despite suffering a variety of illnesses since a young age—such as a stroke, heart issues, and cancer when he was a teenager—Sleggs never complained, Bates said.

“He was never self-pitying or like ‘poor me’, and he went through so much,” she told BBC.

Bates added that she was with him in the final moments.

“He was ready to go. He was in a lot of pain; it’s good that pain is over,” she said.

In May, Sleggs shared on Facebook that doctors told him he only had a short time left to live.

“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,” he wrote at the time. “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.”

“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,” he added. “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.”

In his last Facebook post, the actor addressed rumors that his cancer was back.

“Right let’s clear some things up. I dont have any cancer, haven’t had for 18 years so I don’t know where the press got that idea,” he wrote on June 22.

“Sure, recently I was put onto palliative care cuz my heart failure was getting out of control,” he continued. “By last Friday I was certain I wouldn’t be here the next week but miraculously I made some sort of great turn around over the weekend.”

“I don’t know how long this turn around will last but I’ll try and keep alive as long as I can,” he concluded the post.

Following the tragic news, several fellow actors and fans paid tribute to Sleggs on social media.

“This Country” producer, Simon Mayhew-Archer, wrote on Twitter: “Michael encapsulated the spirit and humour of This Country. He was a fantastic, talented man who brought tremendous joy to all who knew him & saw him. I loved working with him & will miss him.”

“This Country” creator and co-star Charlie Cooper, wrote a series of tweets in memory of his friend.

“We are completely heartbroken. Michael was utterly unique. He was kind, he was caring, he was loving. One of the most considerate generous and gentle friends you could ever wish for and funny,” he wrote.

“Despite everything that Michael had been through in his life, he was never bitter or self pitying. He just brought pure joy to everything and everyone. Just being in his company made you happy to be alive,” he continued.

“One of Michael’s favourite films was the Muppet Christmas Carol and he would always joke that he was Tiny Tim so it only seems fitting to quote Kermit the frog…” he added.

“‘It’s all right, children. Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it. I am sure that we shall never forget Tiny Tim, or this first parting that there was among us.’ Michael you will be so so missed,” he concluded.