Warren Mitchell, who played Alf Garnett in BBC’s Till Death Us Do part, has died at the age of 89.
“Sadly we can confirm Warren Mitchell died in the early hours of Saturday, November 14, surrounded by his family”, his family said in an official statement.
“He has been in poor health for some time, but was cracking jokes to the last.”
Mitchell became a household name while playing loudmouthed Garnett, whose love for the East End – and West Ham football club – knew no bounds.
In spin-off In Sickness and In Health he certainly proved that.
Stars of the comedy world have been paying tribute to the actor on Twitter.
Alf Garnett was one of the most influential and important characters and performances in comedy history. RIP Warren Mitchell
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 14, 2015
Warren Mitchell died last night aged 89. Part of me thinks its not a bad time to exit this place old mate. RIP.
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) November 14, 2015