Sir David Jason, 83, emerges on crutches as he gives fans their first major health update since postponing Only Fools And Horses convention to undergo hip surgery
Sir David Jason has given a much-anticipated health update after he was forced to postpone an Only Fools And Horses convention.
The actor, 83, who played Del Boy on the BBC’s ‘Only Fools’ sitcom from 1981 to 2003, revealed in August he needed to undergo hip surgery to have a ‘bionic body part fitted’.
The convention was postponed to January next year amid his health scare – as he took to Twitter on Sunday to update his fans.
The beloved actor revealed he had received a ‘successful surgery’ and filmed a clip of himself dramatically discarding his crutches, later shared with Only Fools and Horses News on X, formerly Twitter.
He showed he was back on his feet and stronger than ever as he started to walk towards the camera.
News: Sir David Jason has given a much-anticipated health update after he was forced to postpone an Only Fools And Horses convention
Back then: The actor played Del Boy on the BBC ‘s ‘Only Fools’ sitcom from 1981 to 2003
As the theme from iconic boxing movie Rocky began playing, he threw punches and delighted fans as he started to flex.
The hilarious and light-hearted video was a hit with fans on social media as many praised his quick recovery.
‘Champ!’ said one on Twitter, while another added: ‘Legend! Long live David Jason.’
A third said: ‘Lovely jubbly, he can knock, knock, knock out now!’
Back in August Sir David gave fans the update on his health in a statement explaining why he couldn’t appear at the event.
He joked he didn’t want to specify exactly what surgery he was heading for as it might make his fans ‘all want one’.
Sir David shared the statement on his Facebook page about having to pull out of the planned ‘Only Fools and Horses Convention’.
He wrote: ‘I am so very sorry for the disappointment and all the inconvenience it may cause but we are having to change the date of the forthcoming Only Fools and Horses Convention.
Update: Sir David posted a light-hearted video to Twitter to update dans
He’s back! The beloved actor revealed he had received a ‘successful surgery’ and filmed a clip of him dramatically discarding his crutches
Fighting talk: As the theme from iconic boxing movie Rocky began playing, he threw punches and delighted fans as he started to flex
‘Unfortunately I have just been advised I need a new bionic body part fitted. I won’t tell you which part it is, or you will all want one!
‘And don’t worry it’s not being supplied by Monkey Harris, it’ll be the pukka gear.’
He added about rescheduling the event: ‘I really hope everyone will be able to make the new date January 13th and 14th.
‘We can all have something cushty to look forward to! These events are such an enjoyable celebration for myself and the rest of the ‘Only Fools’ cast, and it is such a privilege to meet so many of you, but I want to do it with the smile on my face I always have had.’
Sir David signed off his statement: ‘Once again, please accept my sincere apologies as it was not a decision I took at all lightly and I hope that you understand my situation. All cushty wishes until then.’
The ‘Only Fools’ convention was set to take place in October but is now planned for January at the Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes.
‘I am so very sorry for the disappointment’: Sir David Jason was forced to postpone an Only Fools And Horses convention in August after having a serious health scare
Statement: He gave fans the update on his health in a statement explaining why he couldn’t appear at the event
Sir David has struggled with his health after a ‘seriously bad’ battle with Covid in July 2022.
The viral infection left him so frail he suffered a fall at his home in Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire, and told BBC Breakfast about his tumble ‘All the muscles weren’t working. I collapsed and I fell against the radiator. I was so weak, I couldn’t get up.
‘I tried for about a quarter of an hour, trying all sorts of things to stand up so I could walk about.
‘But in order to do that, I had to use my head. So now I’m lying face down on the ground, and in order to get to the door – and the arms really weren’t working and the legs weren’t working – I was using my head to drag me to the door.’
It is thought Covid triggered a condition called myalgia, which causes muscle aches and pain and can strike at ligaments, tendons and fascia – the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones and organs.
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