Piers Morgan is leading the tributes following the devastating loss of "warm and funny" comedy writer and actor, Barry Cryer, who has passed away aged 86.
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The sad news of Barry's passing was announced on Thursday morning although the cause of death is yet to be revealed. Former Good Morning Britain star Piers shared a picture of Barry on his Twitter account, writing: "RIP Barry Cryer, 86. Such a warm, funny and talented man. A giant of British comedy. Thanks for all the laughs, Barry."
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Plenty of other big names in the world of acting and comedy shared their sorrow after the announcement. Stephen Fry said: "Such sad news, one of the absolute greats of British comedy, Barry Cryer, is no more. A glorious, gorgeous, hilarious and gifted writer and performer who straddled all the comic traditions. Universally beloved… farewell, Baz."
Comedian and This Morning regular contributor Giles Brandreth shared a photo taken alongside the late comedian, writing: "Baz was just the loveliest guy: funny and generous. He'd worked with everybody and everybody he worked with liked him. I shall miss his happy company so much - and his regular phone calls: he gave you a gem of a joke with each one."
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Barry Cryer has died aged 86
Giles continued: "Wherever Barry went he brought laughter with him - even to memorial services. And he went to lots because he'd worked with everyone! He was generous about everyone: a great mentor and friend."
Peep Show writer Simon Blackwell said on Twitter: "So very sad to hear that Barry Cryer has left us. A superb writer and performer, and such a wonderful man. The heart of British comedy."
Barry had become a giant in British TV and comedy over the years. He is perhaps best known for writing episodes for the comedy series Doctor in the House. He worked with a number of other big names in the industry, including Morecambe and Wise, the Two Ronnies, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Richard Pryor.
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