Mel Smith, 1952-2013

Mel Smith (second left) with Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones and Pamela Stevenson

Mel Smith (second left) with Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones and Pamela Stephenson

Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed.

The British comedian – known for the sketch shows Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O’Clock News – died at his home on Friday, Michael Foster said.

Smith formed a lasting partnership with co-performer Griff Rhys Jones with whom he set up the independent television company, Talkback Productions.

Rhys Jones described his friend of 35 years as a “brilliant actor”.

In a statement on behalf of his wife, Pam, Mr Foster said: “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 Smith’s home just after 09:00 BST but he was found dead.

Mel was the epitome of British comedy and will be sorely missed.

 

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