Ronnie Corbett dies at the age of 85 surrounded by his family

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Ronnie Corbett, one of Britain’s comedy legends has died today at the age of 85.

The comedian is mostly known for his appearance in The Two Ronnies (1970s and 1980s), where he performed alongside Ronnie Barker. The first medical problems appeared in 2012 when he collapsed during a celebration dinner.

The death was announced by his publicist, who declared: “Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”

Many celebrities paid tribute to the comedian star on their Twitter accounts.

Ricky Gervais posted “RIP the lovely, funny legend Ronnie Corbett. It was an absolute honour & joy to have known him.”

Hugh Laurie also expressed his regrets “Ronnie Corbett, may he rest in peace. A beautiful, brilliant man.”

Ronnie was married to Anna Hart since 1965 and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2015. They have two daughters who are both actresses: Sophie and Emma Corbett.

Corbet was born in 1930 in Edinburg and had a brother and a sister. He attended the Royal High School. Instead of going to university he decided that he wanted to become an actor and started performing in amateur theatres. He became famous through the much-loved show The Two Ronnies that was broadcasted between 1971 and 1987.