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Gareth Richards a Comedian has died aged 41 after a horrific car crash.

The married father-of-two – who co-hosted on Absolute Radio with Frank Skinner – sustained serious brain injuries in the accident, according to a statement from his wife Laura.

Richards died at 6.30 pm on Friday after being in hospital for two weeks, with his wife praising his ‘incredible’ doctors and nurses.

Scans revealed his injuries were so severe his supportive medications were removed.

It comes a week after Skinner, 66, broke down in tears on air as he told listeners Richards was in a coma and fighting for his life.

A tweet from Skinner’s show said that they were ‘heartbroken about the loss of our dear friend.’


Gareth Richards died at the age of 41 years old.

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Emily Dean, who co-hosted alongside Richards and Skinner when the Absolute Radio show first aired, called him: ‘my hilarious, unfailingly kind, gentle, beautiful friend.’

The trio hosted the show together for two years.

In a statement, Richards’ wife Laura said: ‘It is with great sadness that I have to share that Gareth passed away on Friday, April 7 (Good Friday) at 6.30 pm.

‘He was in a terrible car accident on Monday, March 27 at 11.30 pm and sustained serious brain injuries.

‘It was a miracle that he arrived at the hospital alive.

‘Since then, the doctors and nurses have been incredible and have kept him in a stable and sedated condition.

‘However, the latest scan revealed that the extent of the damage was so severe that they would have to remove all of the supportive medications and allow him to be at peace.

‘The boys are bearing up well.’

It is believed Richards was injured in a serious accident between two cars and an HGV on the M25 near Heathrow Airport.

A man, thought to be Richards, was cut free from his vehicle by firefighters before being treated by the London Ambulance Service for head and chest injuries.

Richards has been performing comedy live since 2004 and has been planning to take his tenth solo show to the festival this August.

As well as Frank Skinner’s radio show, he appeared on Russel Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, and BBC Radio 4.

Last week, on his Saturday morning show, a tearful Skinner told listeners: ‘One thing you have to learn to do in this line of work is to put on a false front and the show must go on, and that’s what happened this morning.

‘We have been doing this show for 14 years and when we first did the pilot for it, me and Emily, it was rubbish, just the two of us.

‘We got a guest on the next one who was Gareth Richards, who was brilliant on here and we asked him to do the show.

‘So for the first few years, it was me, Em, and Gareth. It was a great, exciting time.

‘He became a very close friend and has supported me on tour. Gareth and Emily are very, very close.’

Details of the funeral have not yet been announced as his family grieves.

Laura added: ‘There will be details of the funeral and other ways to remember Gareth to follow, as I know that he was well loved.

‘At the moment the grief is a lot to cope with. Thank you all for your support and kindness.’

After the crash, Richards’ mother, Mary, asked her friends to ‘pray’ for her son.

She said: ‘Our lovely eldest son Gareth was involved in a major collision on the M25.

‘He is now in hospital and the prognosis is not looking good apart from a major miracle.

‘We are able to sit with him amidst all tubes and machinery as he is not in any pain.

‘Please pray for us as a family.’

Big names across the industry have come out in force to pay tribute to Richards.


Stand-up Jason Manford, 41, said: ‘Myself and the whole team at Manfords Comedy Club are devastated to hear the news that Gareth Richards passed away today.

‘He was a wonderfully inventive and funny comedian but more importantly a kind and thoughtful man.

‘Our thoughts are with his wife and children at this time.’

Off Menu and Great British Menu host Ed Gamble, 37, added: When I did the Comedy Zone at the Fringe in 2009 I felt completely out of my depth.

‘Luckily for me, I was sharing a bill with Gareth Richards.

‘The kindest, gentlest soul I have ever encountered in comedy and a towering talent.

‘Don’t quite know how to compute that we’ve lost him.’

Mock the Week regular Rhys James, 31, called his friend ‘lovely and hilarious’.

He said: ‘I was a fan of Gareth Richards before I met him and was so thrilled by how lovely and hilarious he was offstage as well as on.

‘A giant of joke writing. A pleasure to know and an honor to die on my a**e alongside at some real stinker network gigs back in the day.’

Angela Barnes said that it was ‘the news we’ve all been dreading’.

She added: ‘He was so funny and, above all, so kind and gentle.

‘Love and strength to his family and friends and his comedy family who are all reeling from this.’

Fellow radio DJ and Fantasy Football League host Elis James, 42, who started comedy at the same time as Richards, paid tribute to a ‘kind and gentle’ man.

He said: ‘I’m so sad to hear about Gareth Richards.

‘We started comedy at the same time and I was totally in awe of his talent but more importantly, I was always struck by how kind and gentle a man he was.

‘Just a complete delight to be around. My thoughts are with his family.’

James’ 5-live co-host John Robins, 40, added: ‘Thinking of dear Gareth and his family.

‘A kind and gentle soul who I feel very lucky to have known for the last 15 years.

‘A truly great comedian and a lovely lovely man.

‘Rest in peace G Man.’

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Late Night Mash host Rachel Paris, 38, called Richards a ‘lovely man’ who was ‘funny and gentle and imaginative and curious’.

Former Soccer AM presenter and Ted Lasso star Lloyd Griffith, 39, added: ‘You were the kindest man ever, and so so funny.


‘I used to watch this over and over again when I first got into comedy. Rest in peace pal.’