Eric Sykes – fellow comedians and performers pay tribute

His famous fans and peers share their memories of the comic and actor, who died this week

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Stars of stage and screen took to Twitter today to pay their final respects to Eric Sykes, the legendary comedy writer and performer who has died aged 89.

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Mark Gatiss set the tone for most of the tributes published on the microblogging site, writing: “The wonderful Eric Sykes has left us. A giant of comedy and a gentleman – funny to his very core. RIP”

Simon Pegg said: “Sad news on the passing of Eric Sykes,” and Stephen Fry spared no adjectives in his tribute, writing: “Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man.”

Magician Paul Daniels tweeted: “RIP Eric Sykes. This man was a REAL Comic Genius and one of the funniest men you could ever meet and talk to,” while comedienne Katy Brand, with tongue in cheek, posted: “Eric Sykes goes just as the god particle is found – coincidence? I don’t think so. RIP Eric.”

Richard Herring said “Sad to hear that Eric Sykes has died,” and BBC Online wag Stuart Ashen concurred, writing: “Bah, Eric Sykes has died. One of the true British comedy heroes.”

Stand-up comedian Robin Ince paid tribute to Sykes with “sad to see that Eric Sykes has died, the last link to many of the most important early post war comedians – a great entertainer,” before reminding us of some of the comic’s latter day work. He wrote: “in recent years Eric Sykes gave lovely performances in The Others & Son of Rambow, and let’s not forget Theatre of Blood.”

Julian Clary kept his tribute simple, saying simply: “RIP Eric Sykes,” while away from Twitter, Sir Bruce Forsyth said: “Eric was one of the greats of comedy in this country, he was universally loved here.

“We used to play golf together with Sean Connery. We were a great golfing fraternity.

“He used to love smoking cigars on the golf course. I’d spike his cigar with my shoes… That’s a loving memory I have of his face when I did that. It was very expressive.”

And former BBC head of comedy Jon Plowman called Sykes “a warm man, a kind man, a warm family man.”

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“We won’t see his like again,” he said. “He was a wonderful improviser. His genius was both as a scriptwriter but also someone who could do stuff off the cuff. He was classless and funny and warm.”