British comedian Eric Sykes dead at 89

eric-sykes-gi.jpgFans of British radio, television and film will doubtless remember Eric Sykes as a tireless performer who entertained generations of U.K. audiences. Not only did he appear and star in several TV projects and movies, but he also wrote scripts for major British actors including Peter Sellers.

Sykes began his career writing for BBC radio shows and co-wrote 24 episodes of radio comedy "The Goon Show" with the late Spike Milligan, reports Fox News. He then went on to appear in several TV sitcoms, including "Syes and a" about a brother and sister living in West London. More recently, he made small appearances in movies like "The Others" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

"To me, he was a great inspiration, both as a writer and performer," says Monty Python's Michael Palin.

"Oh no! Eric Sykes gone?" tweets comedian Stephen Fry. "An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man."

Sykes reportedly died followinga brief illness, though no cause of death has yet been given. 
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