AGENCIES, London: British comedian and actor Tim Brooke-Taylor, who climbed to fame with BBC radio show I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, has passed away due to complications arising from coronavirus. He was 79.
Comedian Jack Dee, the host of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, where Tim appeared for several decades, said, “It has come as devastating news to hear that Tim has succumbed to this dreadful virus, especially when we all thought he was recovering. Tim was a delightful man and never anything but great company. I can’t bear the thought of introducing I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue without being able to say ‘And on my right, Tim Brooke-Taylor’,” reports The Sun.
He also paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “RIP the delightful and brilliant Tim Brooke-Taylor. x”.
RIP the delightful and brilliant Tim Brooke-Taylor. x pic.twitter.com/TjSzPJIXeK
— Jack Dee (@TheRealJackDee) April 12, 2020
Among others who paid tribute are Tim’s The Goodies teammate Bill Oddie, comedy writer Simon Blackwell, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue panelist David Mitchell and comedians John Cleese and Stephen Fry.
Fifty years and he only got cross with me once… well maybe twice… no quite a lot actually! No one could wear silly costumes or do dangerous stunts like Tim. I know it hurt cos he used to cry a lot. Sorry Timbo. A true visual comic and a great friend x.
— Bill Oddie Official (@BillOddie) April 12, 2020
Heartbreaking news about Tim Brooke-Taylor. Filled so many people’s childhoods with massive laughs, and then kept doing so for decades afterwards. Condolences to his family and friends.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) April 12, 2020
Tim was a huge part of my early comedy life. We performed together in The West End, on Broadway, and in over 100 “I’m Sorry I’ll Read that Again”s. And then two series of “At Last, It’s The 1948 Show”
He was a great performer and companion.
I have just lost the will to be silly
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) April 12, 2020