‘Goodbye my friend and comedy idol’: Croydon comedian Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

Croydon comedian Ronnie Corbett died at the age of 85 this morning.

The legendary British comedian passed away in hospital surrounded by his family, his publicist confirmed.

Born in Edinburgh, the popular entertainer lived in Shirley, Croydon for many years.

His publicist said: “Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.

“They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”

Fans and fellow comedians have been posting tributes to The Two Ronnies star on Twitter throughout the day.

Merton funny-man David Walliams called the Scottish stand-up comedian his idol in a touching tweet.

Richmond’s Shappi Khorsandi also posted her condolences.

Outside of the world of comedy, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn praised Mr Corbett’s work.

Featured image courtesy of The Graham Norton Show via YouTube, with thanks

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