Comic legend Sir Norman Wisdom dies aged 95

Tuesday October 5, 2010

Comedian Sir Norman Wisdom peacefully passed away on Monday evening at a nursing home on the Isle of Man, his son has confirmed.

The London-born star had suffered a series of strokes over the last six months, causing a decline in his mental and physical health.

His family said he was in "no pain or distress" and asked for time to grieve for a "much loved father and grandfather".

Sir Norman, who was knighted by the Queen in 2000, was best known for his slapstick roles and famously played hapless Norman Pitkin in a series of films between 1953 and 1966.

Charlie Chaplin famously described him as his favourite clown and once told him: "You will follow in my footsteps."

"His comic timing was absolutely perfect, second to none, and not only a great comic, but also a wonderful, wonderful person," said his agent Johnny Mans.

Phil Day, his publicist since 1969, added: "He never turned down any request. He never threw a tantrum. He was 100 per cent professional all of the time.

"Of all the artists I've ever worked with, he's been the closest. It's a sad day."

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