Tim Brooke-Taylor dies from Coronavirus aged 79: Friends and fans pay tribute

The Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor who stared in the 1970s comic trio series and was a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, died at the age of 79 after contracting Coronavirus.

Mr Brooke-Taylor’s agent said in a statement: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce Tim’s death early today from COVID-19.

‘Joining Footlights in 1960 took him to providing a huge variety of splendid entertainment – television, radio, theatre, film, books, DVDs, CDs, quizzes, etc – all of which he undertook with energy and a great sense of fun.

Brooke-Taylor began his acting career at Cambridge University where he was president of the famed Footlights performing arts club.

The English actor and Comedian moved into TV with At Last The 1948 Show, where he starred alongside John Cleese and Chapman.

Brooke-Taylor, born in Buxton, Derbyshire, had been part of British comedy since he was an active member of the Cambridge Footlights, with John Cleese, in the early 1960s. During the 1970s, he became a comedy superstar alongside Garden and Bill Oddie with their surreal show The Goodies.

Comedian Jack Dee, who hosts the BBC Radio 4 series I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, paid tribute to Tim, saying: ‘It has come as devastating news to hear that has succumbed to this dreadful virus – especially when we all thought he was recovering.

‘Tim was a delightful man and never anything but great company. It has always been one of the great joys of my career to work with someone who was part of the comedy landscape of my childhood.

I can’t bear the thought of introducing ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ without being able to say ‘And on my right, Tim Brooke-Taylor…’

He was a proper team player, very generous as a performer, never egotistical and always more than delighted to set himself up as the butt of the joke.

Stephen Fry also joined in the tributes, calling Brooke-Taylor a “hero”. “Gentle, kind, funny, wise, warm, but piercingly witty when he chose to be. So sad,” he wrote.

David Mitchell said the world had been “robbed”, tweeting: “He was a wonderful comedian and a really lovely man and I feel honoured to have known and worked with him. The world has been robbed – he had years more joy to give”.

Mr Brooke-Taylor’s Goodies co-stars took to Twitter to share their tributes to their colleague of 50 years.

Graeme Garden tweeted: ‘Thank you everyone who has sent kind messages about the loss of Tim. It’s devastating to lose a friend and colleague of 50+ years. Fun, sociable and adorably silly, Tim was a class act. Our thoughts are with his family.’

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