THE girlfriend of tragic Archie Lyndhurst has hailed him as "once in a lifetime" in a heartbreaking tribute after his death last year from a brain haemorrhage.
Nethra Tilakumara paid tribute to Archie – the son of actor Nicholas Lyndhurst- on what would have been their second anniversary, saying he “completely changed” her life and “all for the better.”
Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas and his wife Lucy were devastated when their only son died in his sleep in September 2020 aged just 19.
He had suffered a brain haemorrhage caused by acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
But this week, his girlfriend Nethra, 21, remembered their anniversary on her Instagram page.
She wrote: “To my best friend, Happy 2 Year anniversary, my love.
'ONCE IN A LIFETIME'
“Archie, when I met you my life completely changed and all for the better.
“You’re a once in a lifetime kind of boy… and I can’t believe my luck, that I found you. I really can’t.
“I only wished for so many more years and all I can say, is that when you know, you know – and I did.
“Thank you for making me laugh from the day we met, thank god I found a boy who could put up with my snoring.
“Everything was always an adventure, everything was always fun with you, being with you was being at home.
“Looking at you in a room filled with people, was just seeing home. You were my home. Thank you for unconditionally loving me and thank you for making me a better person.
“I will never meet such a beautiful, gentle, incredibly kind, erudite, thoughtful and insanely talented young man again.. oh and also very funny – and I’m not the first or last person to say this.
“April 12th, the day that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Happy 2 years beautiful boy, I love you.
“I’m so glad I found you and I’ll find you again one day…”
The heartbreaking tribute on what would have been their second anniversary comes after Archie’s mum Lucy posted an equally heart-wrenching Instagram post to Archie on her first Mother’s Day without her boy.
Posting a pic of him apparently cleaning his teeth as a tot, she said: “My dearest darling boy. To get through today without you is the hardest thing ever.
“I miss you every minute of every day. I will never stop loving you. Not ever. Thank you for making me a mummy. It was the best adventure I’ve ever had.
I will never meet such a beautiful, gentle, incredibly kind, erudite, thoughtful and insanely talented young man again
“You never stopped me from smiling ever. Thank you for all those beautiful happy times. I shall be forever in your debt.
“You teach me everyday to be a better person. Love you today, tomorrow and always. All my love your devoted Mama.”
Nicholas, who played Rodney in the hit series, married former ballet dancer Lucy in 1999.
Archie was born in October 2000 but unbeknown to his family had been suffering from leukaemia at the time of his death.
He died in his sleep from a brain haemorrhage brought on by the condition.
Lucy said she and her husband were assured by the doctor who explained the post-mortem results to them that there "wasn't anything anyone could have done as Archie showed no signs of illness.”
She said it was "not leukaemia as we know it" and that acute in medical terms meant "rapid".
And she added at the time: “It's very rare and around only 800 people a year die from it."
She also said Nethra was “the love of his life”, adding: “Life is fragile, precious and sometimes incredibly cruel.”
Archie began his acting career at the Sylvia Young Theatre School at the age of 10 and was best known for playing Ollie Coulton in the CBBC comedy show So Awkward – which also featured Nethra.
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