Nobody could have been easier to work with.’, Sad news: The actor and director Mel Smith has died at the age of 60, his agent Michael Foster has confirmed, Comedy classic: Mel Smith (left) with his co-stars in Not The Nine O'Clock News Rowan Atkinson (back right) Pamela Stephenson (centre) and Griff Rhys Jones (front right), Dressed up: Mel Smith as Wilbur Turnblad, with Michael Ball as his wife Edna in the the West End Musical 'Hairspray'. It is very sad because he was very young.". Died:20-Jul-2013. This is shock to all of us. Comic Mel Smith suffered a fall just days before he died of a heart attack, friends revealed last night. Griff Rhys Jones is best known for his work alongside his late comedy partner Mel Smith. – True Stories. The list of British celebrities, actors, musicians, artists, politicians and famous people.By clicking on each name from the below list, you can find their biography, birthday, age, date of death, location of death and even cause of their death. Actor. He also set up independent company Talkback Productions, which created Smack The Pony, Da Ali G Show and I'm Alan Partridge. The judge said the "root cause" of Smith's offending was hatred of another woman, Samantha Schofield. Who are we to argue with that? They gave birth to Sidney Russell-Cooke and Priscilla (Russell-Cooke) Phipps. He kept working in film throughout the nineties and the early 2000s, starring in the Helena Bonham Carter comedy adaptation "Women Talking Dirty" (2001) and "Janice Beard" (2002) with Rhys Ifans. Play it now. 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Perhaps I should get one. Tests revealed he had two stomach ulcers which had been ‘dripping’ blood, leaving him anaemic. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. BBC Director General Tony Hall said: ‘Mel Smith’s contribution to British comedy cannot be overstated. "Like an alcoholic hiding bottles, I started hiding my tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipping them between scripts. Malcolm Brown said: "He once entertained us at a drink's party, he was quite a funny man. "It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed," said Mel. And he was a brilliant actor. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off screen. Radioland Murders (1994) Director: Mel Smith Corbin Bernsen Brion James Larry Miller Jack Sheldon Jeffrey Tambor Stephen Tobolowsky Add a photo to this gallery Griff said: "I still can't believe this has happened. The cause of death is under investigation. "He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible.". Rowan Sebastian Atkinson CBE (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian, and writer. Yesterday heartbroken Griff Rhys Jones led tributes to his comedy partner. Subscribe to Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror newspapers, Woman has worn same dress for 100 days - and vows never to buy clothes again, Sarah Robbins-Cole, 52, realised that she already has an outfit for every occasion, so there is no need for her to buy anything new, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'quit social media' after barrage of online abuse, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly turned their backs on Twitter and Facebook after becoming fed up with the 'hate' they encountered online, Indonesia plane crash: 'Body parts found' in huge search for missing Boeing 737, Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 - a Boeing 737-500 - was flying from Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday to Pontianak. They wreaked havoc with my insides, eating into my stomach wall. Five Corners (1987) [Heinz]: Shot in the back with an arrow as John is carrying Jodie Foster onto a roof. DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger released the cause of death for 19-year-old Michael Currin on Wednesday. ‘He was also an excellent theatre and movie director, doing a wonderful job on the first Mr Bean movie. Smith died at his home in St John’s Wood, North London, where he lived with his wife of 25 years, Pam. A riveting, historically accurate tale of war’s horror, impossible love, and ultimate redemption. Mel Smith. The tragic death of comedian, actor, writer, director and producer Mel Smith will cause many to pause for thought. '", Connie Glynn, 63, said: "I feel for Pam, she is a lovely woman.". – a long-running British television sitcom – has died. Mel, adored by audiences for his work on sketch shows Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O'Clock News, was found dead in his bed at his London home. We have lost a very, very dear friend." Leah Labelle Death ... Leah Labelle Cause Of Death. In 2000, Smith revealed that he had conquered a seven-year addiction to over-the-counter painkillers. Heartbroken Griff Rhys Jones leads tributes to his comedy partner who died in his bed of a heart attack, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. Griff said last night of his time with Mel: "He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit. Tony Hadley recalls seeing comedian Mel Smith snorting cocaine in secret … Huge parties and crazy times. Country star Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, are “devastated and heartbroken” over the death of their 3-year-old son, River Kelly. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Smith died Sunday. This video tells the cause of death of many celebrites from around the world! Smith, his friend of 35 years, was a ‘brilliant actor’ he said, and his death at the age of 60 had left ‘everyone in a state of shock’. Race or Ethnicity:White. We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way. 1979-10-16 Comedy sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" debuts starring Rowan Atkinson, Chris Langham, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith on BBC 2; 1983-06-15 "Black Adder" TV comedy premieres starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson and written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson on BBC1 At the start of his addiction, Smith was also depressed that his career as a director seemed to be stalling, despite his film Bean having taken £100 million at the box office. A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 9.07 on Friday morning to an address in North London and sent two respondents but sadly the patient was dead at the scene.". Partners: Mel with his 'other comedy half' Griff Rhys Jones in TVs 'Smith and Jones in Small Doses', Double trouble: Mel in red and Griff Rhys Jones in green during a drinkers sketch on Not The Nine O'Clock News. It was all terribly grubby. He died from a heart attack on 19 July 2013. He was taken to hospital days after the show was recorded and said later: ‘My throat specialist feared I had cancer. He does what he wants to do. The comments below have not been moderated. He has three children and three grandchildren. ARE DEAD PEOPLE TRUELY DEAD? Amazon Author Page. Mel Smith currently lives in Arizona with his wife, Alane. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. Sean Garrison. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off screen. Clyde worked in television around the start of his acting career with a role on "The Pallisers" (PBS, 1976-77). It turned out I had a virulent throat infection.’. Nicholas Smith, an English actor who was the last-surviving original cast member of "Are You Being Served?" By Chris Hastings and Charlotte Griffiths for The Mail on Sunday, Published: 17:11 EST, 20 July 2013 | Updated: 07:26 EST, 21 July 2013. I am very lucky to be alive.’. 23:49, 15 OCT 2019. Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed. Mad Max star Hugh Keays-Byrne played villain Toecutter opposite Mel … Lanky, dark-haired, intense leading man of narrow-faced handsomeness, signed by Warner Brothers in his early twenties and prominent for a while in their TV western series. His pioneering TV work with Griff Rhys Jones through their company Talkback has created many of the defining comedy shows of recent decades.’, Tributes: Mel Smith's friend Peter Fincham described him as an 'extraordinary natural talent'. He is best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder (1983–1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995). Hugh Keays-Byrne: Charlize Theron leads tributes following death of Mad Max star. The death records are death notices, obituaries, or files kept by cemeteries and burial homes. He also appeared in the comedy "Wilt" (1990) with Mel Smith and "Crossing the Line" (1991). Rhys Jones said yesterday: ‘I still can’t believe this has happened. They just helped me relax.’, Double act: Mel Smith with his long-term collaborator Griff Rhys Jones, Family: The comedian had been married to former model Pam for 24 years, Shock: Mel, pictured with his wife Pam in 2005, had been battling ill health for some time. "We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way.". On screen he helped to define a new style of comedy from the late 1970s that continues to influence people to this day. 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Mel Smith, British actor, comedian and director known for The Princess Bride (1987), Smith & Jones (1984) and European Vacation (1985) - Born December 3, 1952 to July 19, 2013 Cause of Death: Heart Attack In 1999 the actor ended up seriously ill in hospital after he took more than 50 Nurofen tablets. The pair found fame in the late 1970s in the ground-breaking satirical sketch show Not The Nine O’Clock News. Mel Smith doesn’t think highly of Pamela Stephenson. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Heart attack claims comic genius Mel Smith at 60 THE world of showbusiness was in mourning last night after the sudden death of comedian Mel Smith at 60. Friends said that Smith had suffered a fall at home earlier in the week ‘and had been unwell since’. He runs his own advertising company, AdSmith and writes in his free time. Mel's wife Pamela had gone to the couple's country home with her sister for the weekend and was not home when he suffered the fatal coronary. He kept working in film throughout the eighties and the nineties, starring in "Wilt" (1990) with Mel Smith, "Splitting Heirs" (1993) with Rick Moranis and "Kaspar Hauser" (1996). You can unsubscribe at any time. Though he and Griff sold Talkback in 1999 to Freemantle for €75million, Smith remained a key figure in comedy. He was always busy. We loved performing together. The 60-year-old, whose recent frail state had led to fears over his health, had been "unwell" since the incident. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Location of death:London, England. When he moved into the director’s chair, Smith’s career flourished further, first with the acclaimed romantic comedy The Tall Guy and later the hugely successful Rowan Atkinson film, Bean. Like an alcoholic hiding his bottles, I started hiding my Nurofen tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipped them between scripts. A source said: "He was working all the time. Mel, who referred to his addiction to the opiate codeine found in painkillers as his "dark secret", was said to have been in fine form recently after starring in the Stephen Poliakoff TV drama Dancing on the Edge. Harshbarger said … The actor, writer and director Mel Smith has died, at the age of 60. And Mel was always ready to be supportive. Some might pause for thought because he died at the age of 60. 1990-02-05 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York; Historical Events. NAM, The Story of the Vietnam Generation. The report stated that he died of an accidental “abuse of prescription medications” that included commonly known painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills. I feel truly sad at his parting.’, John Lloyd, producer of Not The Nine O’Clock News, said: ‘Mel did an extraordinary thing – he taught us all how to make comedy natural.’, Comedy duo: Smith and Jones became famous in Not The Nine O'Clock News together. He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible. Sexual orientation:Straight. It later emerged he had been suffering from severe pharyngitis, inflammation of the throat. Birthplace:London, England. ", Kim Wilde, who recorded a Top 10 festive hit with the comic in 1987, tweeted: "Happy memories of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with the late, great Mel Smith. ... — Mel Smith (@iamMelsmith) April 1, 2020. But Mel is Mel. The news has now been officially confirmed by the BBC. We never had an argument, in fact. We are yet to observe the family statement on this death. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. On the morning of 19 July 2013, the London Ambulance Service was called to Smith's home in north-west London. He said: ‘When my doctor found out how many pills I’d taken he told me, “You might as well of put a gun to your head”. A heart attack is believed to be the cause of his death. Smith was confirmed dead by the ambulance crew, with a later post-mortem confirming death from a heart attack. LONDON (AP) - Actor and writer Mel Smith, a major force in British comedy whose evening news parody anticipated the hijinks of hits such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," has died of a heart Married Life. But he never took himself or the business too seriously. Griff Rhys Jones yesterday led the tributes to his long-standing comedy partner Mel Smith, who died after suffering a heart attack. Smith announced the news on Instagram and Twitter. But they weren’t friends then — … He said he downed handfuls of the drug Nurofen Plus ‘like Smarties’ after developing gout which spread from his feet to his wrists, elbows and knees, causing excruciating pain. ‘Mel was not a pressure person. Smith had been a director since his days at Oxford University, and went on to have more success behind the camera with films such as Bean, The Tall Guy and Blackball. Books. Born:3-Dec-1952. Neighbours at Pam and Mel's €8.5million cottage, close to Lord's Cricket Ground and Abbey Road studios, spoke fondly of the comedian. Sorry to bring sad and bad news, but apparently he died from heart-attack in his sleep.". Bond actor whose body was found at foot of cliffs after he... 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Scotland Yard said the death was not suspicious. Others said he been beset by ill health for months and had been ‘in and out of hospital’. Gender:Male. Proud to have been your Christmas Cracker Melvyn.". Comic Mel Smith suffered a fall just days before he died of a heart attack, friends revealed last night. He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit. Malcolm Frederick Evans (27 May 1935 – 5 January 1976) was an English roadie and personal assistant employed to the Beatles from 1963 until their break-up in 1970.. Mask-wearing should also be made compulsory in public and nurseries and places of worship closed, Eight of 10 playgrounds need repairing despite Boris Johnson childhood obesity pledge. Concerns about the multi-millionaire comedian’s health were raised four years ago after he appeared on a celebrity version of Mastermind looking ‘frail and anxious’ and slurring his words. 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