Matt Lucas has announced his decision to quit Twitter after being subjected to sick taunts about the suicide of his ex-partner.
He told his 565,000 followers he would be quitting the site in the wake of comments from a 16-year-old called Mark Fusco.
Lucas wrote: 'I appreciate all the support on here over the past couple of years but it’s time to shut down my Twitter account.’
It followed a message about the suicide of Lucas's former partner Kevin Mcgee that prompted the Little Britain star to say: 'Shame on you. I’m not joking. I think you should delete that tweet. It really upset me.'.
He added: 'I'm disappointed that @oOfuscoOo thinks jokes about the suicide of my former partner are funny.'
Fusco tweeted back: 'I never actually sent this to you. I only put it up as a joke for my friends to see. I didnt mean to be a cunt sorry Matt.'.
The teenager has since deleted his own Twitter account following the backlash from his 'gag'.
Many of Lucas's fans urged him to reconsider his decision to quit the social network.One said: '"Jokes" cut deep but remember there are 6 billion people out there. Don’t let one insensitive dickhead get to you.'
Richard Madeley tweeted: ‘If you get abusive tweets, you know the sender is inadequate, sexually incompetent and has a jealously complex. Tweet them that and then block ’em.’
Lucas and McGee were together for six years before they split in 2008. McGee, who battled drugs and depression, was found hanged in his Edinburgh flat ten months after their civil partnership dissolved.
A user with the name of oOfuscoOo has previously posted hateful comments on a YouTube video in which a young man paid tribute to his dead grandmother..