Inside the 29 year career and friendship of The Hairy Bikers’ Dave Myers and Si King
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 29
The Hairy Bikers hero (L) died aged 66 (Picture: BBC/South Shore Productions/PA Wire)

star has, it’s been announced as .

His TV partner and friend of three decades, calling him a ‘brother’ and highlighting their ‘bond and friendship over half a lifetime’.

The statement read: ‘Hi everyone, I’m afraid I bear some sad news. Most of you will know Dave has been.

‘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.’

Myers was diagnosed with cancer in May 2022 (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Myers was and shared updates with fans throughout the last two years, with King also speaking about the ‘difficult’ time.

Following the diagnosis, Myers immediately rung King and went to stay with home during his chemotherapy treatment.

In June last year, .

Myers found out about his diagnosis while on holiday with his wife in France, and immediately called King after hearing the doctor’s words.

‘I was driving. I had to pull over,’ King shared in the interview, looking back at the ‘distressing’ call.

King said to: ‘There’s a sense of loss, but there’s also that sense of hope, you know, knowing my mate as I do.

‘He’s a scrapper. He’s a fighter. But there were certain points that I thought, “Where’s it going to go? What is happening to my friend?”‘

The Hairy Bikers didn’t stop working throughout Myers’ cancer diagnosis (Picture: PA Wire)

Talking about how difficult the past year had been for them both amid Myer’s cancer battle, he continued: ‘It’s so distressing. It’s very difficult to verbalise.’

During chemotherapy, Myers went to go stay with King, who went on: ‘It’s funny, you know, when you see somebody you love so much in so much distress, it’s very hard to know what to do.

‘My character and personality is naturally, I just want to fix it. I just want to fix it. I get very distressed when I can’t.’

Myers and King for numerous specialsover the last two decades, sharing recipes and stories with fans as they travelled the country on their infamous bikes.

They originally met on the set of a TV drama in 1995, and went on to build a friendship and successful career together, after Myers joined the BBC as a make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics.

Their combination of riding their motorcycles to locations across the world and cooking up a storm as they went earned them a loyal following, winning over viewers with their cheeky northern humour and enthusiasm.

The duo first appeared on The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, later renamed The Hairy Bikers Ride Again, in 2006, which went on to run for four seasons and saw them ride across countries including Portugal, Romania and Namibia, tasting the local cuisine and experimenting with making it themselves.

Myers went to stay with King after the diagnosis (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

In 2009, they hosted a daytime series called The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain, before the following year, returning to screens with a six-part series called The Hairy Bikers: Mum Knows Best.

The latter went on for a second series in 2011, the same year as new Meals on Wheels, which was in partnership with a BBC campaign.

The bearded duo went on to film many other series and specials for the broadcaster, seeking out new dishes in countries such as India, Vietnam, Argentina and Mexico.

They also sampled cuisines of places nearer to home, such as Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Across their career they published more than 30 cookbooks together.

Myers also competed in in 2013 alongside professional dancer Karen Hauer.

After performing dances including the salsa, jive and paso doble, the pair were voted off the competition in week seven.

Dave was a huge hit on Strictly Come Dancing alongside his partner Karen Hauer (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

He also made numerous guest appearances on the likes of, Countdown, Would I Lie To You?, All Star Family Fortunes and The Weakest Link.

In November, King told BBC Breakfast that their more than 30-year friendship came ‘naturally’ to them as they were ‘good mates’ and ‘part each other’s families’.

Myers also recalled during the interview that King had cooked him his favourite comfort food of mince and dumplings while he was being treated for cancer.

At the time, the TV chef said he had been ‘really enjoying life’ as he had got back to riding his bike and filming with his ‘best mate’.

Dave and Si swiftly took TV by storm (Picture: Steve Meddle/REX/Shutterstock)

Myers had previously spoken about other health struggles, including discovering he had glaucoma – an eye condition that can lead to blindness.

In 2018, he revealed he had originally dismissed the condition as a bad hangover.

He had also opened up about losing weight through the years by cutting out carbs and alcohol in a bid to become healthier.

In April 2023, King and Myers while promoting their book Eat Well Every Day.

He had previously spokenabout having to ‘learn to walk again’ during his cancer treatment and how chemotherapy had been ‘so brutal’.

 ‘It’s funny, when you first start chemotherapy… it’s quite hard. I’m still having it. It really was brutal,’ Myers had said.

Myers had spoken about how ‘brutal’ his chemotherapy treatment had been (Picture: Oliver Dixon/Shutterstock)

Speaking on Tommy Banks’ , Myers went on: ‘I lost so much weight and then it’s a battle to get your calories in.

‘At first I thought, “Right, this is great, I can eat all those pies I haven’t been eating for years”, except [my] appetite was dreadful!’

He added: ‘For me, a glutton, losing my appetite was awful. A can of soup was about as far as I could go.’

Myers elsewhere previously said his .

Discussing the treatment on Kaye Adams’  podcast, he shared: ‘By God, the chemotherapy doesn’t half age you quickly. Because your balance goes, so for someone with a motorbike that’s a disaster, and my walking has been affected quite a lot, really.’

He also said that while he wasn’t suffering ‘symptoms’ of cancer, he had been struggling with the after-effects of the drug, which has left him struggling to stand.

‘So I’ve had to learn to walk again properly,’ he explained.

He added: ‘It’s a funny thing, chemotherapy, it’s one of life’s great levellers. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the telly or on the dole, if you get that then you’re in the s***.’

Myers was married to Liliana Orzac, whom he met while filming Hairy Bikers in Romania, and was a stepfather to her two children, Iza and Sergiu, from a previous relationship.

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