British Broadcasting Legend Nicholas Parsons Dies

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January 28, 2020 | 7:27am EST

British broadcasting legend Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96.
Parsons, best known as the host of BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute since its inception in 1967, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, his agent Jean Diamond told the BBC.
“Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January,” she said in a statement. “He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.”
Parsons also hosted the game show Sale of the Century and appeared in several films, including Carry On Regardless, but was best known as the idiosyncratic host of Just a Minute, the radio show in which guests have to speak for a minute without repetition, deviation or hesitation.
Paying tribute to the star, BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “Very few people have done so much to entertain audiences over the decades, and no one deserves to be called a broadcasting legend more than Nicholas Parsons.
“His charm, inventive intellect and ability to create laughs were unsurpassed. Our thoughts are with his family and all who knew him.”
The radio star is survived by is second wife, Ann, and his two children from his first marriage to the voice actress Denise Bryer.

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