Tributes have flooded in after it was announced Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers passed away at the age of 66, two years after revealing he had cancer.

Myers, from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, found fame alongside "best friend" Si King 20 years ago.

King posted on X, formerly known as Twitter this morning: "Hi everyone, 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. 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. Love Si x".

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The pair's latest series, The Hairy Bikers Go West, began earlier this month and saw them travel down the UK's west coast.

In the first episode, he told viewers it was "a dream come true" to be back on his motorbike because he "wasn't sure I'd ever get back in the saddle again".

"There was a time I couldn't balance, I couldn't walk, I didn't think I'd be getting on a bike," he said.

Myers also revealed he had been diagnosed with anorexia during treatment.

Tributes to Dave Myers:

As soon as the news was announced, RIP Dave started trending on X.

Amanda Harper, BBC presenter at BBCLookNorth, said: "So sorry to hear this, the lads came into BBC Yorkshire a few years ago and were so, so lovely. RIP Dave."

Journalist and presenter Georgie Heath commented: "Very sad news to hear Dave Myers has died. The Hairy Bikers changed the game when it comes to cookery shows. Ride high Dave".

Elliot Gonzalez, a TV blogger, also shared a tribute: "Dave Myers has died at the age of 66. That really is no age at all. Another devastating loss to cancer. Thoughts go out to his family, friends and especially Si King. Such sad news."

One user on X posted: "RIP Dave. A truly awesome bloke, decent, passionate and kind. Terribly sad."

Another said: "Absolutely gutted to hear this. The hairy bikers are an institution, Dave was such a positive and happy face, just helped to lift your mood. RIP Dave."