‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ice-T Mourns the Loss of ‘Internet Friend’ John Challis

by Keeli Parkey
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On Sunday, Sept. 19, “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T shared his pain over a personal loss on social media. That personal loss was the death of someone he referred to as an “internet friend,” according to PopCulture.

This friend is the British actor John Challis. He is best known for his work “Only Fools and Horses,” which was a popular sitcom that aired on BBC. Challis reportedly passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 79 years old at the time of his death.

Ice-T paid tribute to John Challis on Twitter on Sunday. The “Law & Order: SVU” actor shared a photo of Challis. He also shared some very kind words about the late sitcom star.

“I just heard John passed away.. He somehow became a Twitter friend.. I’m very sad. Although I never met him in person.. Internet friends can become close.. RIP,” Ice-T also shared.

The video the “Law & Order” SVU” star included with his memorial message was something John Challis sent to Ice-T during March 2021. The clip shows Challis rocking out on his air guitar to the song “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead. The clip also includes a few words from Challis to the famous rapper: “You haven’t got any ABBA have you?”

John Challis came from Bristol, England. His acting career gained traction during the 1960s. It was in 1981 that he began playing Herman Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in “Only Fools and Horses.” It was this role that the actor is most associated with. This British sitcom had seven series. They aired in the span of 1981 through 2003.

Fans so loved the Boyce character, that a spinoff show was created. This show was “The Green Grass” and it was on television from 2005 through 2009.

John Challis Isn’t the Only Friend ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ice-T Has Recently Lost

John Challis isn’t the only friend “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T, who is 63 years old, has mourned this year. In August, the rapper was saddened by the loss of Joseph “Taheim” Bryan.

Ice-T and Bryan, who was 50 years old at the time of his death, weren’t just friends. They were also colleagues. Bryan, who was a writer and producer, worked with Ice-T on the 2020 film “Equal Standard.”

While cancer claimed the life of John Challis, Bryan’s life was unfortunately taken violently. He was reportedly shot while sitting in his car in New York City. He was taken from the scene to Mount Sinai hospital where he passed away.

Ice-T also shared his feelings about Bryan’s death via social media. “MFs Killed my friend last night. I’m not in a good place behind this,” the “Law & Order: SVU” star also said.

The rapper also talked about how people should make sure to live life to the fullest while they can. “ICE Cold Fact: When you’re Enjoying life.. Enjoy it to the FULLEST. Happiness is rare.. Pain and bad days are guaranteed. Appreciate every second with your loved ones.. Life is Precious, Priceless and Fragile… Don’t ever take it for granted.. Love is Love,” the star also said.

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