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Mel Smith dies of a heart attack aged 60

Post by The Laird » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:40 am

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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.

His producer John Lloyd described him as a great actor and wonderful editor.

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."

A London Ambulance spokeswoman said: "We were called just after 09:07 BST on Friday 19 July to an address in NW8 and sent two responders in cars, but sadly the patient was dead at the scene."

Meanwhile, friends and colleagues paid tribute to Smith.

Comedian and broadcaster Stephen Fry wrote: "Terrible news about my old friend Mel Smith, dead today from a heart attack. Mel lived a full life, but was kind, funny and wonderful to know."

Author Kathy Lette wrote on Twitter: "RIP Mel Smith. Sorry to bring sad and bad news, but apparently he died from heart attack in his sleep."

Writer Irvine Welsh tweeted: "Sad to hear about the death of Mel Smith, who gave me loads of laughs."

Not the Nine O'clock News producer, Mr Lloyd, told the BBC his friend had been ill for some time.

"Mel did an extraordinary thing - he taught us all how to make comedy natural. He was a brilliant theatre director... Not only was he a great actor, he was a wonderful editor."

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Re: Mel Smith dies of a heart attack aged 60

Post by SoupDragon » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:56 am

Sad news. Comedy actually made me laugh back then. RIP Mel :(
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Post by MattyC64c » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:21 pm

Bit of a shocker that one, and he was only 60, much too young. RIP Mel :(

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Post by merman » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:47 pm

Very sad, been watching Not The Nine O'Clock News repeats on Gold this week. Would love to see them repeat Colin's Sandwich in his memory.
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Re: Mel Smith dies of a heart attack aged 60

Post by Katzkatz » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:41 pm

Sad news. He was still relatively young at 60. RIP Mel. He had quite a varied career - the comedy stuff with Griff, acting (Colin's Sandwich and The Princess Bride), his production company and his directing(Bean, The Tall Guy, High Heels and Low Lifes, etc.).

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:48 pm

Do you know, I'm trying to think of the last time I saw him on tv in anything other than a repeat. Amazing really for such a hugely talented comedy actor.

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Post by gman72 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:34 pm

Sad news. RIP
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Re: Mel Smith dies of a heart attack aged 60

Post by eeztheman » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:28 pm

Another great talent gone - really sad news, RIP Mel.

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Post by Sega2006 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:17 pm

Genuinely funny bloke, RIP Mel
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Post by flatapex » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:51 pm

Alas smith and jones and not the nine o clock news were awesome, had to learn about them myself as I was too young to be able to watch/understand them first time round
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Post by bensonrad » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:22 pm

Sad news, loved him in Morons from out of space. RIP Mel
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Post by Fishsta » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:10 am

No-one mentioned him in the Unfunny Comedians thread, that says a lot about his talent. And we'll still get to see him every Christmas when the music channels play Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree. Even in that corniness, he is genuinely funny.

Couldn't agree more, far too young. RIP.
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Post by dste » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:53 pm

Sad news. :(

RIP Mel Smith
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