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Eric Sykes 1923-2012: His life and career in pictures

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Eric Sykes, the legendary TV and radio comedian, has passed away aged 89.

The writer and star of classic '70s BBC sitcom Sykes, a writer for The Goon Show and a collaborator with stars such as Hattie Jacques, Tommy Cooper, Peter Sellers and Tony Hancock, Sykes entertained and amused audiences for seven decades.

[Photo Gallery - The Life & Career of Eric Sykes]

Sykes was partially deaf from his 30s and in later age was registered blind, but he continued to perform despite his disabilities.

He married Edith Eleanore Milbrandt in 1952 and the couple had four children, three daughters Catherine, Julie, Susan, and a son, David.

In 2002, Sykes suffered a stroke and had bypass surgery, but he still went on to star in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005 and TV shows such as Poirot and My Family later in the decade.

Stephen Fry started the tributes to the TV icon on Twitter this morning, writing: "Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man."

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