He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible. Five Corners (1987) [Heinz]: Shot in the back with an arrow as John is carrying Jodie Foster onto a roof. The cause of death is under investigation. Mel Smith doesn’t think highly of Pamela Stephenson. This video tells the cause of death of many celebrites from around the world! It later emerged he had been suffering from severe pharyngitis, inflammation of the throat. Smith was confirmed dead by the ambulance crew, with a later post-mortem confirming death from a heart attack. The actor, writer and director Mel Smith has died, at the age of 60. A source close to the family said: "Pam is so upset she was not with him." In 2007, Smith took to the West End stage to play Wilbur Turnblad in the hit show Hairspray alongside Michael Ball. Griff Rhys Jones is best known for his work alongside his late comedy partner Mel Smith. ", Revealing his drinking habits, Smith said: "I wasn't a model of sobriety at Oxford, I can assure you of that - or for several years afterwards. Born:3-Dec-1952. But it was Alas Smith And Jones, which lasted for ten series over 16 years, that guaranteed their place in the comedy firmament. Comic Mel Smith suffered a fall just days before he died of a heart attack, friends revealed last night. And he was a brilliant actor. 1979-10-16 Comedy sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" debuts starring Rowan Atkinson, Chris Langham, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith on BBC 2; 1983-06-15 "Black Adder" TV comedy premieres starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson and written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson on BBC1 Some might pause for thought because he died at the age of 60. I spent three weeks in agony in hospital. His pioneering TV work with Griff Rhys Jones through their company Talkback has created many of the defining comedy shows of recent decades.’, Tributes: Mel Smith's friend Peter Fincham described him as an 'extraordinary natural talent'. The British comedian - known for the sketch shows … He does what he wants to do. He said: ‘When my doctor found out how many pills I’d taken he told me, “You might as well of put a gun to your head”. DeadDeath is yet to confirm the cause of death. Malcolm Brown said: "He once entertained us at a drink's party, he was quite a funny man. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Nicholas Smith, an English actor who was the last-surviving original cast member of "Are You Being Served?" Mel's wife Pamela had gone to the couple's country home with her sister for the weekend and was not home when he suffered the fatal coronary. Born - 19 October 1937, New York City, USA Died - 2 March 2018. Concerns about the multi-millionaire comedian’s health were raised four years ago after he appeared on a celebrity version of Mastermind looking ‘frail and anxious’ and slurring his words. Griff Rhys Jones yesterday led the tributes to his long-standing comedy partner Mel Smith, who died after suffering a heart attack. Heart attack claims comic genius Mel Smith at 60 THE world of showbusiness was in mourning last night after the ­sudden death of comedian Mel Smith at 60. He kept working in film throughout the nineties and the early 2000s, starring in the Helena Bonham Carter comedy adaptation "Women Talking Dirty" (2001) and "Janice Beard" (2002) with Rhys Ifans. But during an appearance on Celebrity Mastermind in 2009, he appeared frail and slurred his words. Like an  alcoholic hiding his bottles, I started hiding my Nurofen tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipped them between scripts. 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Atkinson, who was also in the Not The Nine O’Clock News team with Pamela Stephenson, said: ‘Mel Smith – a lovely man of whom I saw too little in his later years. In 1999 the actor ended up seriously ill in hospital after he took more than 50 Nurofen tablets. Huge parties and crazy times. Helen Melville Smith, mother to 2 children, was born on April 2, 1898 in Litherland, England United Kingdom. Others said he been beset by ill health for months and had been ‘in and out of hospital’. Smith announced the news on Instagram and Twitter. Last night tributes flooded in from a host of stars for the larger-than-life actor who last appeared on TV screens in March. We have lost a very, very dear friend.’. (Thanks to Robert and Tommy) They gave birth to Sidney Russell-Cooke and Priscilla (Russell-Cooke) Phipps. He won an Emmy with Griff for their show which attracted audiences of over 10million. Mel, who referred to his addiction to the opiate codeine found in painkillers as his "dark secret", was said to have been in fine form recently after starring in the Stephen Poliakoff TV drama Dancing on the Edge. Actor. Birthplace:London, England. Mel Smith. We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way. Mask-wearing should also be made compulsory in public and nurseries and places of worship closed, Eight of 10 playgrounds need repairing despite Boris Johnson childhood obesity pledge. Mr. Tregeagle was sentenced out of Coos County, Oregon on 10/20/97 for the crime of Homicide. ", Kim Wilde, who recorded a Top 10 festive hit with the comic in 1987, tweeted: "Happy memories of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with the late, great Mel Smith. Mel Smith. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. "We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way.". – a long-running British television sitcom – has died. Sorry to bring sad and bad news, but apparently he died from heart-attack in his sleep.". 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Nobody could have been easier to work with.’, Sad news: The actor and director Mel Smith has died at the age of 60, his agent Michael Foster has confirmed, Comedy classic: Mel Smith (left) with his co-stars in Not The Nine O'Clock News Rowan Atkinson (back right) Pamela Stephenson (centre) and Griff Rhys Jones (front right), Dressed up: Mel Smith as Wilbur Turnblad, with Michael Ball as his wife Edna in the the West End Musical 'Hairspray'. ‘It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed,’ he said then. Country star Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, are “devastated and heartbroken” over the death of their 3-year-old son, River Kelly. The list of British celebrities, actors, musicians, artists, politicians and famous people.By clicking on each name from the below list, you can find their biography, birthday, age, date of death, location of death and even cause of their death. LONDON (AP) - Actor and writer Mel Smith, a major force in British comedy whose evening news parody anticipated the hijinks of hits such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," has died of a heart Gender:Male. We are all in a state of shock. Tony Hadley recalls seeing comedian Mel Smith snorting cocaine in secret … By Chris Hastings and Charlotte Griffiths for The Mail on Sunday, Published: 17:11 EST, 20 July 2013 | Updated: 07:26 EST, 21 July 2013. She was born to Edward John Smith and Sarah Eleanor (Pennington) Smith.She married Sidney Russell-Cooke in and Sidney died on July 30, 1930 in United Kingdom. ‘It’s frightening how I became hooked on a prescription drug which is freely sold over the counter at any high street chemist,’ he said. Clyde worked in television around the start of his acting career with a role on "The Pallisers" (PBS, 1976-77). The comments below have not been moderated. Mel's body was discovered by emergency services shortly after 9am on Friday. 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