Tim Brooke-Taylor’s death was announced earlier today by his agent, who revealed The Goodies star passed away after contracted coronavirus. He was 79-years-old.
Following the tragic news, fellow celebrities and fans alike took to social media to share their sorrow and reminisce on the successful life of the comedic icon.
Among those leading the tributes was Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams, who admitted he was “obsessed” with The Goodies when he was younger.
“I was obsessed with ‘The Goodies’ as a child, the first comedy show I really loved,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I queued up to get the Goodies’ autographs as a grown-up, and got to meet Tim Brooke-Taylor more recently at a party. I was in total awe, but he was so kind & generous. It is so sad he is gone.”
Gavin and Stacey star Rob Brydon also shared his upset, calling the late icon “a wonderful man”.
“So sad to hear that the great Tim Brooke Taylor has died. A wonderful man, so many happy times sat next to him on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Here we are with Barry, Colin and Graeme at a celebration of the show in January. He was on great form. My thoughts are with his family.
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Quiz show host and actor Stephen Fry was left “devastated” by the news of his hero’s death.
“Just heard the devastating news of the death of Tim Brooke-Taylor. A hero for as long as I can remember, and –on a few golden occasions – a colleague and collaborator on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
“Gentle, kind, funny, wise, warm, but piercingly witty when he chose to be. So sad.”
Piers Morgan also took to his social channels, calling the tragic news “incredibly sad”.
Gary Lineker sent his respects: “Loved The Goodies. Tim Brooke Taylor was a goody. RIP.”
Fellow comedian and face of Peep Show David Mitchell described his passing as if “the world has been robbed”.
The comedian’s agent said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce Tim’s death early today from COVID-19.
“Joining Footlights in 1960 took him to providing a huge variety of splendid entertainment – television, radio, theatre, film, books, DVDs, CDs, quizzes, etc – all of which he undertook with energy and a great sense of fun.
“We will remember him for so much but must just mention The Goodies and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.”
They continued: “He had, of course, many fans whom he always treated cheerfully even after long and exhausting rehearsals and recordings.
“He was an exceptional client and a pleasure to represent. We’re grateful that we have so much of his work to view, read and listen to.”