British comedian Eric Sykes dead at 89
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.