Richard Briers dies of chronic lung condition


British actor Richard Briers, known for his career in TV, stage and radio died at the age of 79. The veteran actor has been battling with chronic lung condition known as emphysema in the recent years.


Briers died at his residence on February 17, 2013. The Good Life Star was known as an accomplished actor who took on many Shakespearean roles and has also starred in UK TV shows which included Ever Decreasing Circles and the Monarch Of The Glen. Briers will be best remembered for playing the role of Tom Good in the 70s BBC sitcom The Good Life which was about a couple which adopts a sustainable life.

Earlier this month, the actor had blamed his life-long smoking habit for his ill health. Briers said, “I’ve got emphysema, you see… I haven’t even got the strength to garden any more. Five hundred thousand cigarettes, darling – that’s the trouble. It’s totally my fault. So, I get very breathless, which is a pain in the backside.”

The actor said that the cigarettes had got him but had stopped ten years back. But by that time it was too late. Briers informed that by the time people smoke in their 30s it is ok, but after 30 it gets you.