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Dave Myers - updates: BBC pays tribute in first Hairy Bikers episode aired since Myers’s death

The BBC has paid tribute to Dave Myers in a new episode of The Hairy Bikers Go West, in which the late TV chef appears posthumously following his death last week.

Myers died aged 66, two years after revealing he had been diagnosed with cancer. The news was shared by his co-star and close friend Si King on Thursday (29 February).

Introducing the first episode ofThe Hairy Bikers Go West aired since Myers’s death, a BBC Two channel controller paid tribute to the TV star in a voiceover, saying he was “gone but not forgotten” on Tuesday (5 March).

Fans said they were left in tears by the episode, which was recorded last year. In it, Myers discussed his cancer treatment and King surprised him with a day out on a steam train to cheer him up from a “rough time”.

Myers found fame alongside King, his best friend and work partner of 30 years, as part of the motorcycle-riding cooking duo. Together, they have toured the UK – and the world – in search of new recipes, and adventures.

In a tribute, King said: “I will miss him every day and the bond and friendship we shared over half a lifetime.”

“I wish you god’s speed brother; you are and will remain a beacon in this world. See you on the other side. Love ya.”

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  • Paul Hollywood is ‘gutted’ to hear of his friend’s death

  • In pictures - Remembering Dave Myers

  • Former Strictly Come Dancing partner Karen Hauer shares tribute

  • Best mates: Dave Myers and Si King’s friendship history

  • Myers’s best on-screen moments

Fans pay tribute to Myers as first episode since death is aired on BBC

19:45 , Ellie Muir

Fans have been paying tribute to Myers as the BBC currently airs the first episode of The Hairy Bikers since the TV chef’s death last week.

“Bittersweet watching @HairyBikers tonight,” wrote one viewer on X/Twitter. “So amazing they got to do it but now knowing it was the last trip is heartbreaking #davemyers RIP.”

Another added: “This evening’s episode is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Every time they refer to each other as ‘best mate’ – everyone should have that kind of love in their lives.”

Dave Myers and Si King’s friendship history as Hairy Bikers star dies

Sunday 3 March 2024 06:00 , Ellie Muir

The two were known for their on-screen bromance. But how did they meet and how long were they friends for?

Find out more below:

‘We’ve always been there for each other’: A timeline of the Hairy Bikers friendship

Hairy Bikers fans recall emotional life advice Dave Myers gave Si King

Sunday 3 March 2024 03:01 , Ellie Muir

Hairy Bikers fans are recalling a moving piece of advice Dave Myers gave Si King in a recent episode of Go West.

After candidly sharing details of his cancer diagnosis, Myers issued some advice to his friend, whom he met in 1996: “One thing I’d say is you have to live for today – don’t live for tomorrow because you don’t know what’s around the corner. It could be a double-decker bus. Live for today and don’t worry so much.

“I’ve always been a stupid worrier. Big stuff, I’m alright, but I worry about the daft stuff. But now I’m learning, I’m like, ‘Come on Myers get it in perspective!”

Myers then added: “But cancer – there’s nothing kicks you in the teeth like that.”

Read more below:

Hairy Bikers fans recall emotional life advice Dave Myers gave Si King before death

‘Strictly’ stars pay tribute

Sunday 3 March 2024 00:05 , Ellie Muir

Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer led the tributes to her former dance partner and “dear friend” Dave Myers.

In an Instagram post, she said: “Dave, You taught me how to have fun and to take on the day with a big smile.

“Rest well my dear friend. I’m going to miss you so much.”

Countdown star Rachel Riley, who also appeared on series 11 of Strictly, remembered Myers as a “great bloke” and posted a selection of photos to social media of the late TV star dancing.

She said: “Just heard the terribly sad news about the lovely Hairy Dave Myers.

“We were in the Strictly class of 2013 together and Dave… always brought absolute joy to the green room after every show.

“A particularly fond memory was Dave, @ashoztd, Nicky Butt and me, gatecrashing an office Christmas party that happened to be in the same hotel we were staying before the show’s series final.

The enduring legacy of the Hairy Bikers

Saturday 2 March 2024 22:30 , Ellie Muir

With a TV career spanning two decades and with 25 cookbooks to their name, the lovable duo have made a unique imprint on the world of British food. And the late, great Lancashire-born Myers had a huge hand in that, writes Prudence Wade

Dave Myers death: The enduring legacy of the Hairy Bikers

The reason Hairy Biker Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Saturday 2 March 2024 21:30 , Ellie Muir

When the late Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers announced his cancer diagnosis in May 2022, he refrained from naming what type.

Find out more below:

The reason Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Dave Myers’s wife pays tribute to Hairy Biker husband

Saturday 2 March 2024 20:30 , Ellie Muir

Liliana Myers, Dave’s wife, shared a Facebook with the words: “Rest in peace, my love.”

“My wonderful, brave man! Till next time we meet!”

Read more below:

Dave Myers’s wife pays tribute to Hairy Biker husband

Jay Rayner says Myers was a ‘seriously lovely man’

Saturday 2 March 2024 19:30 , Ellie Muir

Food critic Jay Rayner wrote on X/Twitter: “This is very sad news. Dave was a brilliant cook, a superb communicator and most of all a seriously lovely man.”

“My thoughts are with his family and of course Si.”

Hairy Bikers praised for changing TV cooking

Saturday 2 March 2024 18:30 , Ellie Muir

Myers and his co-star King have been praised for shaping cookery shows at the turn of the century.

TV writer Stuart Heritage has praised the pair for shifting portrayals of masculinity on screen, too.

Heritage writes in The Guardian about how the biking duo entered TV cooking at a time when Gordon Ramsay was “screaming at celebrities on Hell’s Kitchen and swaggering around like a concussed Liam Gallagher on The F Word.”

“To cook on television at this time, especially as a man, meant leaping through millions of reductive macho hoops to show how tough you were.”

Myers and King were different, Heritage writes.

“[They] were sensitive, erudite and boundlessly enthusiastic. They weren’t just unfailingly polite to their host countries, but the ease with which they could access their emotions felt genuinely groundbreaking for the time.”

What Dave Myers ‘candidly’ revealed about cancer diagnosis in recent Hairy Bikers special

Saturday 2 March 2024 17:30 , Ellie Muir

The chef said, after discovering the news of his diagnosis over the phone, “What went through my mind was disbelief, and a refusal to believe it in a way”, adding: “It’s the word, isn’t it? The word that everybody fears.”

He said that the first lot of chemotherapy was “very, very destructive”, stating: “You don’t realise what an impact it can have, the debilitating effects kick in quite quickly. My sense of taste and appetite went. I was poorly. You see your weight drop and you’ve got to eat, but it’s finding something you want to eat.”

What Hairy Biker Dave Myers ‘candidly’ said about cancer diagnosis in latest series

Hairy Bikers fans recall emotional life advice Dave Myers gave Si King

Saturday 2 March 2024 16:30 , Ellie Muir

Hairy Bikers fans are recalling a moving piece of advice Dave Myers gave Si King in a recent episode of Go West.

Myers and King can currently be seen together on-screen in the cookery series. which airs on BBC Two. Myers will appear in forthcoming episodes posthumously after his death, aged 66, on Wednesday (28 February).

Read more below:

Hairy Bikers fans recall emotional life advice Dave Myers gave Si King before death

Tributes from across the worlds of food and entertainment

Saturday 2 March 2024 15:30 , Ellie Muir

The official BBC Food account has hailed Myers as a “wonderful man and a very talented chef” as they paid tribute.

Elsewhere, the official Strictly Come Dancing social media account called Myers a “true gentleman”.

The Hairy Bikers’ publishers Orion Books remembered Myers as “brilliantly inspiring and kind”.

Presenter and stylist Gok Wan described it as a “terrible and heartbreaking loss” as he also sent his support to Myers’ loved ones.

TV cook Andi Oliver said she was “so sad” to hear that Myers had died and that her “heart goes out” to his family and his co-star King.

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman also paid tribute and said: “I only met Dave once and he was so full of love for the world.”

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood said he was “gutted” to hear about Myers’ death, adding: “This is terrible news! Love to all mate xx.”

Si King and Dave Myers in ‘Hairy Bikers: Go West’ (BBC)
Si King and Dave Myers in ‘Hairy Bikers: Go West’ (BBC)

The reason Hairy Biker Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Saturday 2 March 2024 14:30 , Ellie Muir

After his cancer diagnosis, Myers said he did not want to specify the type of cancer he had because he felt as though the public might start drawing conclusions about his health.

Myers told The Guardian in 2022 that he decided not to disclose what type of cancer he had “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor... And I don’t want to be judged – yet.”

The reason Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Best mates: Dave Myers and Si King’s friendship history

Saturday 2 March 2024 13:30 , Ellie Muir

Myers and his fellow chef King became national treasures as they rode their motorbikes across the country, cooking along the way.

The northerners met on the set of TV drama The Gambling Man in 1995 and formed a close personal and professional relationship.

In an interview with The Independent, they opened up about how they met.

“At lunch most of the crew were ordering salads and mineral water at the local pub, while I was having a curry and two pints of larger,” King told The Independent.

Read more below:

‘We’ve always been there for each other’: A timeline of the Hairy Bikers friendship

WATCH: Dave Myers laughs with Hairy Bikers co-star Si King in last episode before death

Saturday 2 March 2024 12:30 , Ellie Muir

Dave Myers’s wife pays tribute

Saturday 2 March 2024 11:45 , Ellie Muir

Mysers’s wife Liliana shared a Facebook post of a series of photographs of Myers, with the words: “Rest in peace, my love.”

“My wonderful, brave man! Till next time we meet!”

Myers met Liliana Orzac while filming an episode of Hairy Bikers in Romania, and they eventually married in 2011.

King said that he and Liliana, their family and close friend David were all by Myers’s side when he died peacefully at home.

Read more below:

Dave Myers’s wife pays tribute to Hairy Biker husband

Hairy Bikers fans recall emotional life advice Dave Myers gave Si King ahead of death

Saturday 2 March 2024 08:13 , Tom Murray

In the wake of Myers’s death, fans are recalling a moving interaction between the Hairy Bikers in a recent episode of Go West, which aired earlier this month.

After candidly sharing details of his cancer diagnosis, Myers issued some advice to his friend, whom he met in 1996: “One thing I’d say is you have to live for today – don’t live for tomorrow because you don’t know what’s around the corner. It could be a double-decker bus. Live for today and don’t worry so much.

“I’ve always been a stupid worrier. Big stuff, I’m alright, but I worry about the daft stuff. But now I’m learning, I’m like, ‘Come on Myers get it in perspective!”

Myers then added: “But cancer – there’s nothing kicks you in the teeth like that.”

Hairy Bikers fans recall emotional life advice Dave Myers gave Si King before death

How Si King reacted to the news of Myers’s cancer diagnosis

Saturday 2 March 2024 07:32 , Tom Murray

In a June 2023 interview with The Times, King revealed that Myers immediately called him after learning of his cancer diagnosis.

“I was driving. I had to pull over,” he said, adding: “It’s so distressing. It’s very difficult to verbalise. There’s a sense of loss, but there’s also that sense of hope, you know, knowing my mate as I do.”

King called Myers “a scrapper” and “a fighter”, adding: “But there were certain points that I thought, ‘Where’s it going to go? What is happening to my friend?’”

King went on: “And it’s funny, you know, when you see somebody you love so much in so much distress, it’s very hard to know what to do. My character and personality is, naturally, I just want to fix it. I just want to fix it. I get very distressed when I can’t.”

BBC pays tribute to Dave Myers

Saturday 2 March 2024 06:46 , Tom Murray

Myers made his Hairy Biker debut alongside Si King onThe Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook in 2004, and have presented numerous shows together over the years.

These include The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain in 2009, The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off in 2010 and The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure in 2014. The projects merged their love of cooking and motorcycles.

The BBC paid tribute, writing: “Dave made cooking a truly joyful adventure and he shared that joy with millions. The public loved him and his unique partnership with Si. Together they made every viewer feel like a friend.”

Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers dies after cancer diagnosis, aged 66

BBC presenters pay tribute to Hairy Biker Dave Myers' on This Morning Live

Saturday 2 March 2024 05:55 , Tom Murray

The Hairy Bikers’ publishers Orion Books remembers Dave Myers as ‘brilliantly inspiring and kind’

Saturday 2 March 2024 05:00 , Tom Murray

A statement said: “We are devastated to hear of Dave Myers’ passing and send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

“We are immensely proud to have published the Hairy Bikers for over 14 years and will truly miss Dave’s infectious energy and passion for food and travel.

“There was never a dull moment working with Dave, and all who were lucky enough to do so will attest to what a brilliantly inspiring and kind and hardworking man he was.

“This is a huge loss, and all our love goes out to Si, Lil and Dave’s wider family at this time.”

What Dave Myers said about cancer diagnosis

Saturday 2 March 2024 04:06 , Tom Murray

Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers was supported after sharing “candid” details about his cancer diagnosis in a recent Christmas special.

Myers, who never revealed what cancer he had been diagnosed with, reflected on his treatment during new show The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas alongside his wife Liliana Orzac.

Read more here

What Hairy Biker Dave Myers ‘candidly’ said about cancer diagnosis in latest series

Best mates: Dave Myers and Si King’s friendship history

Saturday 2 March 2024 03:15 , Tom Murray

The Hairy Bikers met on the set of TV drama The Gambling Man in 1995 and formed a close personal and professional relationship.

In an interview with The Independentthey opened up about how they met.

“At lunch most of the crew were ordering salads and mineral water at the local pub, while I was having a curry and two pints of larger,” King told The Independent.

“When Dave came in he took one look at my lunch and went, ‘I’ll have what he’s having!’ Pretty quickly we discovered that we both loved eating, drinking and motorcycling.”

Read more below:

‘We’ve always been there for each other’: A timeline of the Hairy Bikers friendship

Dave Myers laughs with Hairy Bikers co-star Si King in last episode before death aged 66

Saturday 2 March 2024 02:13 , Tom Murray

Saturday Kitchen host Matt Tebbutt on Meyers’ impact

Saturday 2 March 2024 01:23 , Tom Murray

“He was very down to earth,” Tebbutt said on The One Show.

“To have him around, it kind of made the world brighter.”

Picture of the Hairy Bikers sat on a sofa together could be the last of the duo before Myers’ death

Saturday 2 March 2024 00:34 , Tom Murray

A photo of Myers and King posted by Myers’s wife Liliana is believed to be one of the last photos of the pair.

Shared on Facebook on 6 February, Liliana captioned the post: “Our boys [heart emojis].

“Watching their first leg of their trip!!!”

BBC pays tribute to Dave Myers

Friday 1 March 2024 23:40 , Jabed Ahmed

Myers made his Hairy Biker debut alongside Si King onThe Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook in 2004, and have presented numerous shows together over the years.

These include The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain in 2009, The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off in 2010 and The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventurein 2014. The projects merged their love of cooking and motorcycles.

The BBC paid tribute, writing: “Dave made cooking a truly joyful adventure and he shared that joy with millions. The public loved him and his unique partnership with Si. Together they made every viewer feel like a friend.”

 (PA)
(PA)

What Dave Myers said about cancer diagnosis

Friday 1 March 2024 23:10 , Jabed Ahmed

Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers was supported after sharing “candid” details about his cancer diagnosis in a recent Christmas special.

Myers, who never revealed what cancer he had been diagnosed with, reflected on his treatment during new show The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas alongside his wife Liliana Orzac.

Read more here:

What Hairy Biker Dave Myers ‘candidly’ said about cancer diagnosis in latest series

Paul Hollywood is ‘gutted’ to hear of his friend’s death

Friday 1 March 2024 22:10 , Jabed Ahmed

TV chef Paul Hollywood said he was “gutted” to hear Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers had died aged 66.

Commenting on the announcement post shared by Myers’ co-star Si King on Instagram, the Great British Bake Off judge said: “Gutted Si, this is terrible news! Love to all mate xx.”

Dave Myers’ Hairy Bikers history

Friday 1 March 2024 21:40 , Jabed Ahmed

Myers first met King in 1995 while working as a make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics, on a TV drama called The Gambling Man.

Their first TV appearance together was The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook in 2004, which was part cooking show and part travel programme and in the first episode the duo rode the length of Portugal.

Subsequent shows included The Hairy Bikers Ride AgainThe Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour Of BritainThe Hairy Bikers: Mums Know BestThe Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off and Hairy Bikers: Best of British.

They have published more than 25 cookery books.

The pair documented their weight loss in Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight, when they embarked on a campaign to lose two-and-a-half stone in three months, and comfortably passed their targets.

In January 2014, they launched The Hairy Bikers Diet Club, which includes recipes and tips to help people to live a healthier life, while not starving themselves.

Myers and King are currently on TV in the BBC Two series The Hairy Bikers Go West, which started earlier this month.

Si King and Dave Myers in ‘Hairy Bikers: Go West’ (BBC)
Si King and Dave Myers in ‘Hairy Bikers: Go West’ (BBC)

Dave Myers’ ‘Strictly’ partner pays tribute

Friday 1 March 2024 21:10 , Jabed Ahmed

Dave Myers’s Strictly Come Dancing dance partner Karen Hauer replied to Hairy Biker Si King’s Instagram post announcing Myers‘ death, commenting: “Heartbroken” with a broken heart emoji.

Dave Myers and dance partner Karen Hauer during rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)
Dave Myers and dance partner Karen Hauer during rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

Best mates: Dave Myers and Si King’s friendship history

Friday 1 March 2024 20:40 , Jabed Ahmed

The Hairy Bikers met on the set of TV drama The Gambling Man in 1995 and formed a close personal and professional relationship.

In an interview with The Independentthey opened up about how they met.

“At lunch most of the crew were ordering salads and mineral water at the local pub, while I was having a curry and two pints of larger.” King told The Independent.

“When Dave came in he took one look at my lunch and went, ‘I’ll have what he’s having!’ Pretty quickly we discovered that we both loved eating, drinking and motorcycling.”

Read more below:

‘We’ve always been there for each other’: A timeline of the Hairy Bikers friendship

Hairy Bikers' Dave Myers beams 'it's good to be alive' in final series before death

Friday 1 March 2024 20:10 , Jabed Ahmed

Dave Myers’s health history

Friday 1 March 2024 19:40 , Jabed Ahmed

Throughout his cancer treatment, Myers continued to share candid details about his health in several episodes of their series, but decided he would never publicly reveal what type of cancer he was diagnosed with, because he worried the public might start drawing conclusions about his health.

He told The Guardian in 2022 that he had never announced which type “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor... And I don’t want to be judged – yet.”

Read more:

Dave Myers’s health history after Hairy Bikers star dies from cancer

A muddy tribute to Myers

Friday 1 March 2024 19:10 , Jabed Ahmed

Ricky Minns, 49, has created a muddy portrait of Myers and his on-screen partner Si King after hearing the news of Myers’s death.

Minns, who creates art using mud, wiped away muck from his van to draw their faces.

Sharing a picture of his creation to X/Twitter, Minns wrote: “Such sad news. Did this as soon as I heard. Was quite a quick one as raining and cold but I had to do it.”

“To one of the wonderful @HairyBikers from one of the Hairy Artists.”

Russell Grant remembers Myers as ‘gentle and kind’

Friday 1 March 2024 18:40 , Jabed Ahmed

Media personality Rusell Grant has remembered Myers as “gentle and kind”.

“I worked with the Hairy Bikers on a BBC Christmas special, they were so welcoming and a joy to film with. At only 66 Dave Myers has left us,” wrote Grant on X/Twitter.

“He was gentle and kind: I followed his Strictly appearances as a friend. Sending love to Si who must be devastated and those close to him.”

Hairy Biker’s funeral plans released as his last wish for guests revealed

Friday 1 March 2024 16:34 , Jabed Ahmed

Dave Myers arranged his funeral plans before his death, and had important one wish for guests, according to reports.

His plans included his coffin being carried out to The Best is Yet To Come by The Scorpions in order to “cheer everyone up”, he said in an interview from 2014.

He wanted guest to be served vodka martinis as they arrived “to get everyone loosened up”, and then have a reading of William Blake’s Innocence and Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending “to get them crying”.

Talking about how he wants people to reflect on his life, Myers told the Mailonline: “Just have a go and never limit your ambitions. Aim for the moon and you might just get there. As my dad used to say, ‘You’ve got to fill in your coupon, or you’ll never win the Pools’.”

Myers died aged 66, two years after revealing he had been diagnosed with cancer.

The news was shared by his co-star and close friend Si King on Thursday (29 February).

Dave Myers’ Hairy Bikers history

Friday 1 March 2024 14:52 , Jacob Stolworthy

Myers first met King in 1995 while working as a make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics, on a TV drama called The Gambling Man.

Their first TV appearance together was The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook in 2004, which was part cooking show and part travel programme and in the first episode the duo rode the length of Portugal.

Subsequent shows included The Hairy Bikers Ride Again, The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour Of Britain, The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best, The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off and Hairy Bikers: Best of British.

They have published more than 25 cookery books.

The pair documented their weight loss in Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight, when they embarked on a campaign to lose two-and-a-half stone in three months, and comfortably passed their targets.

In January 2014, they launched The Hairy Bikers Diet Club, which includes recipes and tips to help people to live a healthier life, while not starving themselves.

Myers and King are currently on TV in the BBC Two series The Hairy Bikers Go West, which started earlier this month.

The Hairy Bikers (Alamy/PA)
The Hairy Bikers (Alamy/PA)

What Dave Myers said about cancer diagnosis

Friday 1 March 2024 11:20 , Jacob Stolworthy

Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers was supported after sharing “candid” details about his cancer diagnosis in a recent Christmas special.

Myers, who never revealed what cancer he had been diagnosed with, reflected on his treatment during new show The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas alongside his wife Liliana Orzac.

Read more here

What Hairy Biker Dave Myers ‘candidly’ said about cancer diagnosis in latest series

Dave Myers’s health history

Friday 1 March 2024 07:40 , Jacob Stolworthy

Throughout his cancer treatment, Myers continued to share candid details about his health in several episodes of their series, but decided he would never publicly reveal what type of cancer he was diagnosed with, because he worried the public might start drawing conclusions about his health.

He told The Guardian in 2022 that he had never announced which type “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor... And I don’t want to be judged – yet.”

Read more:

Dave Myers’s health history after Hairy Bikers star dies from cancer

Si King’s full emotional tribute

Friday 1 March 2024 07:02 , Tom Murray

Dave Myer’s best friend and cooking co-star shared a touching tribute.

The statement from King said: ” I’m afraid I bear some sad news. Most of you will know Dave has been fighting cancer for the past couple of years.

“Last night, on 28th February 2024, with Lili, Dave’s wife, his family, close friend David and myself by his side, he passed away peacefully at home.

“All who knew Dave are devastated at his passing. His beloved wife brought him such happiness as did her children, Iza and Sergiu who Dave loved like his own.

“Personally, I am not sure I can put into words on how I feel at the moment. My best friend is on a journey that for now, I can’t follow.

“I will miss him every day and the bond and friendship we shared over half a lifetime. I wish you god’s speed brother; you are and will remain a beacon in this world. See you on the other side. Love ya.

The statement continued: “I know Dave and his family would want me to thank all of you who sent messages of support in recent times.

“It meant the world to him, his family and all The Hairy Bikers team.

“I am sending you all much love and gratitude for those simple acts of kindness, generosity and spirit. We are eternally grateful for them.

“May I ask you all for one further kindness and allow Lili, his wife, his family, close friends and I some time and some peace to process our huge loss.

“I am sure I will see you all soon.”

Hairy Bikers Dave Myers dies aged 66 after cancer battle

Friday 1 March 2024 06:00 , Tom Murray

Paul Hollywood is ‘gutted’ to hear of his friend’s death

Friday 1 March 2024 05:01 , Tom Murray

TV chef Paul Hollywood said he was “gutted” to hear Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers had died aged 66.

Commenting on the announcement post shared by Myers’ co-star Si King on Instagram, the Great British Bake Off judge said: “Gutted Si, this is terrible news! Love to all mate xx.”

The reason Hairy Biker Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Friday 1 March 2024 02:04 , Tom Murray

Myers said he did not want to specify the type of cancer he had because he felt as though the public might start drawing conclusions about his health.

Myers told The Guardian in 2022 that he decided not to disclose what type of cancer he had “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor... And I don’t want to be judged – yet.”

Read more below:

The reason Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Russell Grant remembers Myers as ‘gentle and kind’

Friday 1 March 2024 00:32 , Tom Murray

Media personality Rusell Grant has remembered Myers as “gentle and kind”.

“I worked with the Hairy Bikers on a BBC Christmas special, they were so welcoming and a joy to film with. At only 66 Dave Myers has left us,” wrote Grant on X/Twitter.

“He was gentle and kind: I followed his Strictly appearances as a friend. Sending love to Si who must be devastated and those close to him.”

A muddy tribute to Myers

Friday 1 March 2024 00:07 , Tom Murray

Ricky Minns, 49, has created a muddy portrait of Myers and his on-screen partner Si King after hearing the news of Myers’s death.

Minns, who creates art using mud, wiped away muck from his van to draw their faces.

Sharing a picture of his creation to X/Twitter, Minns wrote: “Such sad news. Did this as soon as I heard. Was quite a quick one as raining and cold but I had to do it.”

“To one of the wonderful @HairyBikers from one of the Hairy Artists.”

Hairy Biker’s funeral plans released as his last wish for guests revealed

Friday 1 March 2024 16:43 , Jabed Ahmed

Dave Myers arranged his funeral plans before his death, and had important one wish for guests, according to reports.

His plans included his coffin being carried out to The Best is Yet To Come by The Scorpions in order to “cheer everyone up”, he said in an interview from 2014.

He wanted guest ti be served vodka martinis as they arrived “to get everyone loosened up”, and then have a reading of William Blake’s Innocence and Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending “to get them crying”.

Talking about how he wants people to reflect on his life, Myers told the Mailonline: “Just have a go and never limit your ambitions. Aim for the moon and you might just get there. As my dad used to say, ‘You’ve got to fill in your coupon, or you’ll never win the Pools’.”

 (PA)
(PA)

Dave Myers’s health history

Thursday 29 February 2024 23:34 , Tom Murray

Throughout his cancer treatment, Myers continued to share candid details about his health in several episodes of their series, but decided he would never publicly reveal what type of cancer he was diagnosed with, because he worried the public might start drawing conclusions about his health.

He told The Guardian in 2022 that he had never announced which type “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor... And I don’t want to be judged – yet.”

Read more:

Dave Myers’s health history after Hairy Bikers star dies from cancer

Jay Rayner says Myers was a ‘seriously lovely man’

Thursday 29 February 2024 20:52 , Tom Murray

Food critic Jay Rayner wrote on X/Twitter: “This is very sad news. Dave was a brilliant cook, a superb communicator and most of all a seriously lovely man.”

“My thoughts are with his family and of course Si.”

Rachel Riley recalls Strictly Come Dancing memories with Myers

Thursday 29 February 2024 20:16 , Tom Murray

Riley and Myers both competed in the 2013 edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

On X, the Countdown mathematician remembered: “A particularly fond memory was Dave, @ashoztd Nicky Butt and me, gatecrashing an office Christmas party that happened to be in the same hotel we were staying before the show’s series final. Terrible photo below, we couldn’t dance but that didn’t stop us!”

Classic FM shares sweet memory of classical music lover Myers

Thursday 29 February 2024 19:41 , Tom Murray

Appearing on Classic FM last year, Myers recalled lying on his back in his garden, listening to “Claire de Lune”.

BBC Food pays tribute

Thursday 29 February 2024 19:11 , Tom Murray

In a statement shared on X, BBC Food wrote: “We are so sad to hear that Dave Myers from The Hairy Bikers has passed away at the age of 66. He was an incredible man and a talented chef. Sending all our love to Si King, Dave’s wife Lili, family and close friends, from everyone at BBC Food.”

Dave Myers’s wife breaks silence after late Hairy Biker death aged 66

Thursday 29 February 2024 18:30 , Ellie Muir

Dave Myers’s wife Liliana has paid tribute to the late Hairy Biker following his death aged 66.

Myers was a chef and media personality, who rose to fame 30 years ago alongside his best friend and work partner Si King, as part of the motorcycle-riding cooking TV duo the Hairy Bikers.

King initially announced Myers’s death on Thursday morning (29 February), telling fans: “I am not sure I can put into words on how I feel at the moment.”

Liliana then broke her silence, sharing a Facebook post of a series of photographs of Myers, with the words: “Rest in peace, my love.”

“My wonderful, brave man! Till next time we meet!”

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Dave Myers’s wife breaks silence after late Hairy Biker death aged 66

BBC presenters pay tribute to Myers on This Morning Live

Thursday 29 February 2024 18:00 , Ellie Muir

The reason Hairy Biker Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Thursday 29 February 2024 17:45 , Ellie Muir

When Myers announced his cancer diagnosis in March 2022, he did not want to specify the type of cancer he had because he felt as though the public might start drawing conclusions about his health.

Myers told The Guardian in 2022 that he decided not to disclose what type of cancer he had “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor... And I don’t want to be judged – yet.”

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The reason Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Watch: Myers laughs with Hairy Bikers co-star Si King in last episode before death

Thursday 29 February 2024 17:15 , Ellie Muir

‘Till we meet again’: Myers’s wife Liliana breaks silence

Thursday 29 February 2024 16:03 , Ellie Muir

Myers’s wife Liliana has paid tribute to her late husband in a post online.

Sharing a series of photographs of Myers to Facebook, she wrote: “Rest in peace, my love. My wonderful, brave man! Till next time we meet!”

Russell Grant remembers Myers as ‘gentle and kind'

Thursday 29 February 2024 15:10 , Ellie Muir

Media personality Rusell Grant has remembered Myers as “gentle and kind”.

“I worked with the Hairy Bikers on a BBC Christmas special, they were so welcoming and a joy to film with. At only 66 Dave Myers has left us,” wrote Grant on X/Twitter.

“He was gentle and kind: I followed his Strictly appearances as a friend. Sending love to Si who must be devastated and those close to him.”

Carol Vorderman shares tribute to Myers

Thursday 29 February 2024 14:53 , Ellie Muir

TV presenter Vorderman called Myers a “kind man” in a tribute.

“I only met Dave once & he was so full of love for the world. Rest In Peace Kind Man.”

She praised King’s “beautiful post” about his best friend Myers.

Dave Myers and Si King’s friendship history

Thursday 29 February 2024 14:30 , Ellie Muir

Where did the pair meet?

They met on the set of TV drama The Gambling Man in 1995 and formed a close personal and professional bond.

In a previous interview with The Independent, they opened up about how they met.

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‘We’ve always been there for each other’: A timeline of the Hairy Bikers friendship

The reason Hairy Biker Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had

Thursday 29 February 2024 13:45 , Ellie Muir

Myers said he did not want to specify the type of cancer he had because he felt as though the public might start drawing conclusions about his health.

Myers told The Guardian in 2022 that he decided not to disclose what type of cancer he had “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor... And I don’t want to be judged – yet.”

Read more below:

The reason Dave Myers never revealed what cancer he had