Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs has died aged 86.

The 'Fawlty Towers' star - who passed away on November 23 after a secret four year battle with dementia - was laid to rest this week in a ceremony attended by family and friends.

His wife Melody said: "My heart has been broken every day for a long time. I never once heard him grumble."

The legendary actor - who played waiter Manuel in the British sitcom - continued to work for two years after he was diagnosed with the mental disorder.

She shared: "It wasn't all doom and gloom, he still worked for two years. We were happy, we were always laughing, we never had a dull moment.

"He had dementia for four years and we didn't really notice it at first until the memory started going. It didn't get really bad until quite near the end. I nursed Andrew, I was there for every moment of it.

"Dementia is the most awful illness. It sneaks in in the night, when you least expect it. It took a long time for Andy's brain to go. Even about a month before he died he was sitting in the garden and chatting away."

Andrew spent eight months at a residential care home in London but Melody would visit four times a day.

She added to the Daily Mail: "I couldn't think of anywhere nicer than Denville Hall. The staff are wonderful. He was in there for eight months and it was summertime. We sat in the garden together. It was wonderful. I used to read to him, tell him stories. We had a happy time.

"Don't feel sorry for me because I had the best life with him,' she said. 'I had the best husband and we really loved each other. One thing about Andrew is that I never once heard him grumble, I never found him once without a smile on his face. We laughed because we're both silly.

"We're both as daft as brushes, we were married for 57 years, we loved each other very deeply and it was a pleasure looking after him. I miss him terribly. At least four times a day I went up there, and my daughter went up there on Sunday. He was never without a visitor."

Andrew is survived by his wife Melody Lang and their children John, William and Kate.