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British comic actor Eric Sykes dies aged 89

LONDON (Reuters) - British comic actor and writer Eric Sykes has died, his manager said on Wednesday. He was 89.
/ Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British comic actor and writer Eric Sykes has died, his manager said on Wednesday. He was 89.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, he was a regular collaborator on the popular 1950s radio comedy program "The Goon Show" and became a leading star after appearing in several hit television series.

"Eric Sykes, 89, star of television, stage and film, died peacefully this morning after a short illness," his manager Norma Farnes told Reuters. "His family were with him."

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)