The entertainment world has been paying tribute to Ronnie Corbett who has died aged 85, surrounded by his family, his publicist has confirmed.
Corbett enjoyed an illustrious comedy career, first coming to prominence on The Frost Report, before going on to enjoy a celebrated partnership with Ronnie Barker in TV series The Two Ronnies, and starring in sitcoms Sorry! and No – That’s Me Over Here!
As news of his death broke, comedians took to Twitter to pay their respects.
RIP the lovely, funny legend Ronnie Corbett. It was an absolute honour & joy to have known him.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 31, 2016
The day after we won the Perrier, I saw him in the queue. It was like being blessed by all our childhood Saturday nights. RIP dear man. 2/2
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) March 31, 2016
Having a little weep at the death of one of my heroes Ronnie Corbett. As he would say "Miranda you can't look up to me".Goodbye from me.
— Miranda Hart (@mermhart) March 31, 2016
So sad to hear Ronnie Corbett has passed away. He was an absolute gentleman and will treasure the memory of working with him.
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) March 31, 2016
— Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) March 31, 2016
Worked with Ronnie Corbett a couple of times and found him to be a delight. RIP
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) March 31, 2016
RIP Ronnie Corbett, what a brilliant and funny man he was.
— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) March 31, 2016
While famous fans also shared their sadness – and his favourite sketches – on the social networking site:
'Four candles!' – One of my very favourites. Thank you for the laughs Ronnie Corbett x https://t.co/LcC9SRJtjP via youtube
— Douglas Booth (@DouglasBooth) March 31, 2016
Another national treasure leaves us. A brilliant comedian and a genuinely lovely bloke. RIP Ronnie Corbett.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 31, 2016
What a sad year for legends… RIP Ronnie Corbett, you made so many people happy #ronniecorbett
— Scarlett Moffatt (@ScarlettMoffatt) March 31, 2016
Ronnie Corbett was a giant of British entertainment who was loved by millions. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his family
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 31, 2016
And BBC Director General Tony Hall was also quick to share a few words on the comedy legend’s passing.
“Ronnie Corbett was a wonderful comic and entertainer,” said Hall. “A man of great charm and warmth who brought laughter and joy to millions. He was quite simply one of the true greats of British comedy. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”