Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

The British funnyman has passed away after a series of health problems

Ronnie Corbett dead

by Emmeline Saunders |

Legendary British comedian Ronnie Corbett has died today at the age of 85.

The news was announced by his publicist, who said: "Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.

Ronnie Corbett dead

"They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time."

He was most famous for being one half of the comic duo The Two Ronnies, alongside Ronnie Barker, who died of heart problems in 2005.

Ronnie Corbett had also suffered from poor health in the last few years, having collapsed at a dinner for which he was the guest of honour in 2012.

He was also admitted to hospital in 2014 with gall bladder problems, but – typically – returned to work just a week later.

Ronnie is survived by his wife Anne Hart and daughters Emma and Sophie Corbett.

Celebrities pay tribute to Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett's best quotes

  • "My wife and I had a bit of a fight, there was some high-spirited name calling, and I had stormed upstairs to fetch my birth certificate."

  • In an episode of Porridge:

"What have I learned, Mr Mackay? Three things. One - bide your time. Two - keep your nose clean. And three - don't let the bastards grind you down."

  • In an episode of Open All Hours:

"Don't just crit there siticising!"

  • From The Two Ronnies:

Ronnie Corbett (shop assistant): "There you are, four candles."

Ronnie Barker: "No, fork 'andles! 'Andles for forks!"

  • "Police announced tonight that they wish to interview a man wearing high heels and frilly knickers — but the chief constable said they must wear their normal uniforms."

  • "I was lying in bed with my wife last ­Sunday morning when she called me by a special pet name, a loving and endearing term. 'Hey Shorty,' she said. 'Would you like to hear the patter of little feet?'

Taken aback, I replied: 'Yes, I would.'

She said: 'Good. Run down to the kitchen and get me a glass of water.'"

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