Tinky Winky dead: Teletubbies actor Simon Shelton Barnes laid to rest at colourful funeral his friends and family describe as ‘one of the best parties we've had’

Simon Shelton Barnes has passed away at the age of 52

Simon Shelton Barnes passed away at the age of 52 [Instagram]

Simon Shelton Barnes has been laid to rest following a colourful funeral. 

The Teletubbies star, who played purple Tinky Winky, died at the age of 52 after freezing to death in the street 

His daughter Lydia revealed on Facebook that the funeral service had been a celebration of her father’s life. 

The actor was best known for playing Tinky Winky [BBC]

“Yesterday we said goodbye to our beautiful dad,” she wrote. 

“It was extremely sad but what an incredible celebration and one of the best parties we’ve had!

“I know he was looking down having a drink and a dance too. Thank you all so much for coming to celebrate his amazing life. What a turn out! Love you so much dad.”

Simon Shelton aka Tinky Winky

Simon Shelton played Tinky Winky in the popular children’s show [BBC]

A family friend added: “The whole funeral was a hoot. Everybody knew and loved him in Ampthill. He was a larger than life character.

“So the family were determined that it would be a joyous celebration of his life rather than a sad occasion.”

Teletubbies creator Andrew Davenport also sent a message about the actor writing: “Simon was an extraordinary performer and a wonderful person.

The Teletubbies Po, Laa Laa, Dipsy and Tinky Winky

The Teletubbies was a huge hit in the 1990s [BBC]

“[He] balanced it all brilliantly, meeting all the madness with his usual incredulous smile, disarming warmth and infectious humour. He was an incredible steadying influence in those crazy times.

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“He brought a singular joy to Tinky Winky, and to all of us. Thank you Simon for all those happy times. With love, Andy.”

Simon died of hypothermia after collapsing on the street while on a visit to Liverpool in January.

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