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Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers dies aged 66

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Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers dies aged 66
Dave Myers arriving for the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Credit: PA

The TV chef announced in 2022 he had been diagnosed with cancer.

TV chef Dave Myers, best known as one half of the Hairy Bikers, has died at the age of 66, according to a statement from his co-star Si King on social media.

He found fame alongside King, his friend of 30 years, as part of the motorcycle-riding cooking duo.

He reached new fans in 2013 when he took part in Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Karen Hauer and reaching week seven of the BBC competition.

Myers, born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, first announced he was receiving treatment for cancer in May 2022, but did not specify what type he had been diagnosed with.

The statement from King said: ” 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.”

Simon 'Si' King and David Myers (Right), The Hairy Bikers, arrive at the TV Choice Awards at the Dorchester hotel in London. Credit: PA
Simon ‘Si’ King and David Myers (Right), The Hairy Bikers, arrive at the TV Choice Awards at the Dorchester hotel in London. Credit: PA

King also shared his thanks to the fans who have shared messages of support in recent times and asked that his family and close friends be given time to process the loss.

Myeres started his working life as a make-up artist and first met King in 1995 while working on a TV drama called The Gambling Man.

Their first TV appearance together was The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook in 2004, which was part cooking show and part travel programme and in the first episode the duo rode the length of Portugal.

Subsequent shows included The Hairy Bikers Ride Again, The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour Of Britain, The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best, The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off and Hairy Bikers: Best of British.

They have published more than 25 cookery books.

Hairy Bikers Si and Dave with Jess and Emily at The Wild Loaf
Hairy Bikers Si and Dave with Jess and Emily at The Wild Loaf

The pair documented their weight loss in Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight, when they embarked on a campaign to lose two-and-a-half stone in three months, and comfortably passed their targets.

In January 2014, they launched The Hairy Bikers Diet Club, which includes recipes and tips to help people to live a healthier life, while not starving themselves.

Myers and King are currently on TV in the BBC Two series The Hairy Bikers Go West, which started earlier this month.

In the show they travel down the west coast from Scotland to Devon.

In an episode of The Hairy Bikers Go West, Jess Doyle and Emily Sandeman, of The Wild Loaf in Brunswick, gave a mini tutorial to Si and Dave which was screened on BBC2, February 27.

The Guide’s Jay Hynd hosted a Q&A with Dave and Si at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival in 2017, you can watch it here:

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