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- Friday, 1 April 2016, 6:41AM
Ronnie Corbett, the veteran entertainer and one half of The Two Ronnies, has died at the age of 85.
The diminutive star passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday morning, his publicist confirmed. It is understood that Corbett, who died in hospital, had been ill for several months.
He and the late Ronnie Barker became one of the funniest duos of their generation, hosting the BBC comedy sketch show that became one of the most popular TV programmes of the late 20th century.
Corbett and his wife Anne Hart, with whom he had two daughters, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year.
The BBC aired a one-hour profile of the comedian and actor on New Year's Day, but it is understood that he was too ill to take part in the programme, which was produced in November.The much-loved actor was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for his services to charity and the entertainment industry.
His wife later revealed that, during a celebration to mark the achievement, he had collapsed in a restaurant and was rushed to hospital.
A statement from Corbett's publicist said: "Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.
Source: NZ Herald