Eric Sykes Dead At 89

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July 4, 2012 | 6:21am EST

British comedy legend Eric Sykes has died at the age of 89.
The veteran funnyman penned skits for dozens of stars including Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, and worked on the groundbreaking radio comedy programme The Goon Show in the 1950s.
In the 1960s he shot to fame with his own TV comedy series on the BBC and continued working until as recently as 2010, when he appeared in an episode of a U.K. drama show.
He also enjoyed roles in movies including Absolute Beginners and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, but is best remembered for his 1967 movie The Plank, about two hapless workmen delivering timber to a building site.
Sykes passed away on Wednesday after a short illness.
His manager, Norma Farnes, tells the BBC, “Eric Sykes, star of TV, stage and films, died peacefully this morning after a short illness. His family were with him.”