THE MUCH-LOVED British comedian, actor, and writer Barry Cryer has passed away at the age of 86, as heartfelt tributes have poured in for him.
His heartbroken family said: “He had a gift for friendship and a genius for putting people at their ease. Oh yes, and he made many people laugh. A lot.”
They said he died peacefully in “good spirits” surrounded by his family.
Stephen Fry tweeted: “Such sad news, one of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, is no more.
“A glorious, gorgeous, hilarious and gifted writer and performer who straddled all the comic traditions. Universally beloved … farewell, Baz.”
Mark Gatiss said: “Barry Cryer was the real deal. An incredibly funny man who worked with – and wrote for – the giants of comedy.
“Yet he remained forever curious and delighted by whatever was fresh and original.
“Kind, encouraging, generous and a one off. Goodbye, Cheeky.”
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