Veteran comedian Barry Cryer has kicked the bucket at the age of 61. Barry Cryer Cause of Death is said to be peaceful according to his family.
The family added that the writer died on Tuesday in hospital in Harrow, “peacefully, in good spirits and with his family around him.”
“Dad was a talented comedy writer and comedian in a particularly golden vintage,” they said in a statement paying tribute.
“Incidentally he never really liked the terms ‘comedy writer’ or ‘comedian’, instead preferring hack and entertainer, and always thought the term ‘national treasure’ meant he’d just been dug up. He was, in his words, arrogant in his humility.
“He had a gift for friendship (as anyone who still has a landline will testify) and a genius for putting people at their ease. Oh yes, and he made many people laugh. A lot. Over many years.”
“Baz was, firstly, a loving husband to Terry for nearly 60 years and a gentle father to Tony, David, Jack, Bob,” their statement said. “He was a friend to their partners Jayne, Matt, Garry, and Suzannah.
“As a grandfather, Ruby, Tom, Evan, Archie, Hope, Martha, and Connie all loved him and more recently, Ruby’s daughter, Isobel, had the good fortune to spend time with him as a great-grandfather.”