Sadly Kenneth MacDonald (Mike Fisher) passed away 5th August 2001 aged 50, he died of a heart attack whilst on holiday with his family in Hawaii. The Sad news came on the day it was officially announced by the BBC that John Sullivan is writing a new series. He leaves a wife, Sheila, and children Charlotte, 14, and William, 15.
May I give my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Mersey Beat shown on 13th August 2001 by BBC One was dedicated to the memory of Kenneth
Thanks to everyone for the Tributes below
"It is like losing a member of the family, because he was one of the warmest, kindest people that I have had the good fortune to meet in my career". David Jason
"This is a personal tragedy for Ken's family, but also a great sadness for the many fans of Only Fools And Horses. Kenneth bonded the cast together, both in performance and personally. He was a crucial team member in other BBC comedies such as his long-running role in It Ain't Half Hot Mum. We are making more episodes of Only Fools And Horses in the near future, and it is a blow that Ken will not now be part of that." Geoffrey Perkins, BBC Head of Comedy
"He was a great comedian. His enthusiasm will be irreplaceable." John Sullivan
"I would like to say sorry to Kenneth's family". Ben Marshall
"I would like to send my deepest sympathies
Kenneth Mcdonalds, family
With the sad news of Kenneth Macdonald I have set up a book of remembrance on my site for all to sign and leave messages, which I hope to send all messages to the BBC.
I would be grateful if you would sign it can be found at: http://www.glen.johnson1.btinternet.co.uk/kenmikedies.html
"My thoughts are with his wife and two teenage children at this sad time. The Nags Head won’t be the same without Mike." Tony Keen
"Ken, u'll be forever loved and missed by all." Gavin Pumfrett
"Just to say we are really sorry to hear the sad news about Kenneth" Chris V
"I've just read the news that ken has died, And been totally shocked by it. Ken and myself grew up together in Chorlton Manchester. He was the best story teller I have ever met, and that got us out of a few jams. He will be greatly missed May God bless you Ken." Steve Haslam
The Nags Head Pub will never again be the same. Kenneth was great actor. I cant still believe that he is gone. Rest in Peace. Goran Petrovic
"Gone but not forgotten had many a laugh sadly missed". John Rhodes
"I would just like to say that I have had the great pleasure of meeting Kenneth, at the Nags Head do this year, he became very fond of myself (age 15) and my younger brother (age 12). As we bought item after item of merchandise (off the stool) and asked him to sign each item he just became even more pleased that he could put a smile on each of our faces. I'll never forget him saying to me "this will be worth a lot of money when I'm gone" but I'd much rather be without every item and he still be hear today! I'll miss you Ken! Best wishes to Kens family" Jonathan Hatfield
"I just wish his family support and offer them my sincere condolences and that ofah will never be the said same without Kenneth." James Howard
"Mike was the best barman in all of the T.V. programmes (The best in England you could say) he will know doubt be missed at the nags head. He will be missed. Bye Mike." Paul Pitcher
"We would like to say how sad we are at the loss of Kenneth. Belated condolences to his family. He will be missed at The Nags Head. Only Fools and Horses is our favorite comedy. We watch our tapes all the time and never tire of them. Every character in the series is a gem." Regards, Bob and Barbara Pringle
Very sad to have lost Kenneth, keep ur chin up to the rest of the cast. Tracy