Comedian Mel Smith dies

Mel Smith

Comical actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack aged 60 his agent Michael Foster has confirmed.

Known for his sketch shows such as Alas Smith & Jones and Not The Nine O’Clock News Smith died at his home Foster continued. 

Smith had a 35 year partnership with fellow performer Griff Rhys Jones with whom he had set up the independent television company, Talkback Productions.

Rhys Jones had described his friend as a “brillliant actor”.

Mr Foster read a statement on behalf of the Comedian’s wife, Pam saying: “Mel Smith, comedian and writer, died on Friday aged 60, from a heart attack at his home in north-west London.”

An ambulance was called to the Smith residence a little after 9am BST where he was found dead.

Friends and colleagues have had their chance to pay tribute to him.

“I still can’t believe this has happened,” said Rhys Jones.”To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible.”

The pair who in his words had never argued had “loved performing together”, and he also added: “He inspired love and utter loyalty and he gave it in return. I will look back on the days working with him as some of the funniest times that I have ever spent.”

He described Smith as a “gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit.”

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