Channel 5‘s Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun star Graham Boland has died, his family confirmed.
Anthony Horadada confirmed the news in a statement shared on social media, writing he is “completely heartbroken” by Boland’s death.
“I am completely heartbroken to be typing this message to tell you all the devastating news that my baby brother Graham sadly passed away this afternoon,” Horadada’s message read.
“As you can imagine this is the most heartbreaking news not only for myself and our family but also to all that knew and loved him too.”
Boland owned the legendary Benidorm bar Happy Days, which featured in Channel 5’s Bargain Loving Brits In The Sun – a show that follows the lives of British people who have opted for a sunnier life in Benidorm.
He had appeared on the show since it launched in 2016, before appearing in his final episode in April last year.
Boland was also known for being a drive-time DJ on Benidorm’s local Fresh Radio station.
On social media, Boland has been hailed as a “Benidorm legend” by people who knew him and watched the TV show.
One fan wrote on Twitter/X that Boland was a “joy” to watch on screen and hear on radio.
“The bright lights of Benidorm will not be so bright as a result of his passing,” they wrote.
Rest in Peace a true Benidorm legend, Graham "Happy Days" Boland. pic.twitter.com/pTXt1I2Hle
— SirCliveTheRed (@CliveinEngland) January 17, 2024
Many knew the bar owner, radio host and TV star as Graham “Happy Days” Boland, and praised him for being a central part of a community of Brits living in Benidorm.