Last September, British actor Archie Lyndhurst died suddenly age 19.
The news shocked fans and viewers of his BBC show So Awkward, as he seemed perfectly fine before the news broke. At the time, his family said that he’d suffered from a “short illness” but didn’t share any further information.
Now his mum has revealed his cause of death. In a statement on Instagram, Lucy Lyndhurst said that he died in his sleep from a brain bleed, after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.
She wrote, “He died from an Intracerebral Haemorrhage caused by Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma/Leukaemia.”
“[The doctor] assured us that there wasn’t anything anyone could have done as Archie showed no signs of illness. Archie had numerous bleeds on the brain and the doctor went to great lengths to reassure us that he wouldn’t have been in any pain as it happened in his sleep. 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.”
Lyndhurst was best known for his role as Ollie Coulton on the CBBC (Children’s BBC) show So Awkward.
“To lose a child is every parents nightmare and I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone,” she continued. “My heart goes out to any other parents what have had to experience this.”
“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 need is love Mama, it’s so easy to love.’ And to him it was. He gave it wherever he went in abundance.”
Archie started acting aged 10 at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, England, before being cast in the first season of So Awkward in 2015. He continued in his role on the show until his death.