British comedy icon Tim Brooke-Taylor dies from COVID 19

music news 14/04/2020

English comedy legend, Tim Brooke-Taylor has succumbed to COVID-19, passing away at the age of 79.

Brooke-Taylor has become a household name as one-third of The Goodies, a British comedy trio which gained popularity in Australasia sometime between 1970 and 1982.

"It is with great sadness that we announce Tim's death early today from COVID-19," his agent said in a statement on Sunday (local time). 

Fellow Goodie Graeme Garden said he was "terribly saddened" by the loss of Brooke-Taylor, who had been a close colleague and friend for more than half a century.

"Tim and I met at Cambridge University in the early 1960s and have enjoyed working together almost constantly from that time onwards, on radio, stage and TV," he said in a statement.

"He was a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with. Audiences found him not only hilarious but also adorable. His loss at this dreadful time is particularly hard to bear, and my thoughts are with Christine, Ben, Edward and their families."

The third Goodie, Bill Oddie shared on Twitter: "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."

Presenter and comedian Stephen Fry also paid tribute to the 79-year-old, describing him as "gentle, kind, funny, wise, warm, but piercingly witty when he chose to be".

Brooke-Taylor's five-decade career began when he was an active member of the Footlights, an amateur theatre club at Cambridge University, alongside now veteran actor and comedian John Cleese.

During the '60s, Brooke-Taylor performed on television, co-creating the pioneering satirical sketch series titled At Last the 1948 Show. He went on to become an original panelist on Radio 4's segment, I'm Sorry I Haven't Got a Clue in 1972, a position he maintained until his death.

In 2011, Taylor-Brooke was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to light entertainment.