Ricky Gervais urges fans ‘don’t be selfish’ as coronavirus pandemic continues

Ricky Gervais is urging society to not be selfish as coronavirus continues to take hold.

The funnyman, 58, also encouraged his Twitter fans to make sure they follow government guidelines about hand washing and look out for the elderly.

Taking to the micro-blogging site on Monday, the After Life star penned: "Stay well. Take vitamins. Wash your hands. Don't be selfish."

He continued: "Make sure an elderly relative has everything they need. Some are too proud to ask. Be sensible. Drink at home. Everything you love doing you can do in a few weeks. Cheers."

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Alongside the message he uploaded a snap of himself gazing lovingly at a glass of white wine.

The TV star's message received a positive response from his fans as they thanked him for his message in a worrying time.

One typed: "Good advice as always, sir & cheers to you! Thanks for everything you do to give us such a phenomenal plethora of gems to entertain us all!"

"Thank you for the positive message! A lot of us are worried about our older loved ones," added another.

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A third typed: "Richy, you are my God you make me happy every day."

Only ten days ago Ricky's 16-year-old Siamese cat died.

He announced the sad news by sharing two pictures of the feline names Ollie on Twitter, writing: "Just had to say goodbye to the sweetest little soul I’ve ever known. RIP Ollie July 9th 2003 – March 10th 2020."

His partner Jane Fallon also tweeted the tragic news, alongside four pictures of Ollie playing at home.

"I have awful news. My smart, funny, feisty, beautiful sidekick of the last 16 & a half years @myleftfang has passed away after a sudden down turn in her health at the weekend," she wrote.

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"My heart is broken in two. I have no idea what I’m going to do without her by my side. #Ollie."

Ollie was named after Ricky's comedy hero Oliver Hardy and had thousands of her own followers on Twitter under the handle @myleftfang.

She was gifted to Ricky by Jonathan Ross on the TV presenter's show back in 2003, as a total surprise to Ricky.

Poor Ollie fell ill in April 2019 and needed her stomach fur shaved so she could have an IV drip inserted.

She recovered back appeared to fall ill again this weekend and was unable to get better, much to Ricky and Jane's distress.

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