Comedian Eric Sykes dies at 89

Wednesday July 4, 2012

Comic actor Eric Sykes has died at the age of 89 after a short illness.

In a wide-ranging career, he will be remembered best for the long-running and widely acclaimed Sykes And A... TV series with Hattie Jacques.

He also wrote scripts for stars such as Peter Sellers, Frankie Howerd and Stanley Unwin. His manager, Norma Farnes, said: "Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage and films died peacefully this morning after a short illness. His family were with him."

Sir Bruce Forsyth paid tribute to the Oldham-born star and scriptwriter, who appeared on the West End stage. "Eric was one of the greats of comedy in this country," he said.

"He was universally loved here. "My only sadness is that I haven't seen him recently. I think I could have seen him in the last few weeks.

He was just one of the funniest men ever in comedy." He added: "We used to play golf together with Sean Connery.

We were a great golfing fraternity. "He used to love smoking cigars on the golf course. I'd spike his cigar with my shoes...

That's a loving memory I have of his face when I did that. It was very expressive. "He was very lovely, very gentle and not a loud-mouth. He was a very clever writer. His scripts were amazing."

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