British standup comedian Dave Evans has sadly passed away. Evans was also the father of stand-up star Lee Evans, who has been in numerous movies including "There's Something About Mary."
Entertainer Pete Matthews paid tribute on Facebook : "He loved talking about the business and had the best stories and his double act with Shirley had me in stitches every visit! ...He was a true master of Musicality, Variety & Comedy."
Evans had been unable to perform for seven years due to health problems. Just last month, Evans started a Facebook fundraising page to raise money for the Chron's and Colitis Foundation.
He had raised £3,032 of his £3,954 target. There are two days left to go on the fundraising countdown.
He said: "I'm fundraising on the behalf of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation because I believe no one should have to deal with the fear, uncertainty, and pain caused by Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
He continued, "I believe no parent should have to explain a chronic disease to their child. I believe no sibling should have to watch their brother or sister suffer. I believe that by investing in the best doctors and scientists we will one day cure these diseases."
He went on to say, "I believe that every dollar I raise for research will have a ripple effect and could be THE dollar that changes everything for a family affected by IBD. I believe that every person who joins the fight against IBD can have a lasting impact in the lives of every person diagnosed, today and in the future."
"When you join my team or donate, you are supporting Take Steps and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation," he said as a call to action. "But more importantly, you are supporting an incredible community who have banded together to make sure that every day counts for patients. Will you join me and make a difference?"
Members of the comedy community took to social media to remember him.
Britain's Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett paid a touching tribute on Facebook, sharing memories of the time they spent working together.
He said: "I can’t not pay tribute to an inspiration and incredibly talented man and friend who I was proud to work with on the QE2, Princess Cruises and on Cromer Pier and he was a Special part of Re~Educating Archie (his last stage appearance) in 2012 playing Max Bygraves & Harry Secombe for me & Colin Burnett-Dick"
He continued, "For 7 years he was unable to perform due to his health and i can’t imagine his frustration of wanting to get back up there but he loved talking about the business and had the best stories and his double act with Shirley had me in stitches every visit!
He concluded, "My next show on P&O will be in memory of Dave which i know would mean alot to him especially as this ship leaves P&O in August. The end of an era, the end of a Legend R.I.P. mate"
Our condolences to the friends, fans, and family of Dave Evans. May God give them peace and healing.