Our. Malcolm Frederick Evans (27 May 1935 – 5 January 1976) was an English roadie and personal assistant employed to the Beatles from 1963 until their break-up in 1970.. They wreaked havoc with my insides, eating into my stomach wall. Five Corners (1987) [Heinz]: Shot in the back with an arrow as John is carrying Jodie Foster onto a roof. The news has now been officially confirmed by the BBC. Mel, adored by audiences for his work on sketch shows Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O'Clock News, was found dead in his bed at his London home. ", Writer Kathy Lette broke the news on Twitter yesterday afternoon, saying: "R.I.P. Atkinson, who was also in the Not The Nine O’Clock News team with Pamela Stephenson, said: ‘Mel Smith – a lovely man of whom I saw too little in his later years. It was all terribly grubby. Smith announced the news on Instagram and Twitter. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Helen Melville Smith, mother to 2 children, was born on April 2, 1898 in Litherland, England United Kingdom. She was born to Edward John Smith and Sarah Eleanor (Pennington) Smith.She married Sidney Russell-Cooke in and Sidney died on July 30, 1930 in United Kingdom. But he never took himself or the business too seriously. He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. At the start of his addiction, Smith was also depressed that his career as a director seemed to be stalling, despite his film Bean having taken £100 million at the box office. We are yet to observe the family statement on this death. Harshbarger said … Amazon Author Page. We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way. Griff said last night of his time with Mel: "He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit. '", Connie Glynn, 63, said: "I feel for Pam, she is a lovely woman.". Fantastic fun, making shows. 23:49, 15 OCT 2019. "Like an alcoholic hiding bottles, I started hiding my tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipping them between scripts. On the morning of 19 July 2013, the London Ambulance Service was called to Smith's home in north-west London. ‘It’s frightening how I became hooked on a prescription drug which is freely sold over the counter at any high street chemist,’ he said. DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger released the cause of death for 19-year-old Michael Currin on Wednesday. ... — Mel Smith (@iamMelsmith) April 1, 2020. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off screen. Proud to have been your Christmas Cracker Melvyn.". Others said he been beset by ill health for months and had been ‘in and out of hospital’. Country star Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, are “devastated and heartbroken” over the death of their 3-year-old son, River Kelly. Hugh Keays-Byrne: Charlize Theron leads tributes following death of Mad Max star. Heart attack claims comic genius Mel Smith at 60 THE world of showbusiness was in mourning last night after the sudden death of comedian Mel Smith at 60. Smith had been a director since his days at Oxford University, and went on to have more success behind the camera with films such as Bean, The Tall Guy and Blackball. He is best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder (1983–1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995). It later emerged he had been suffering from severe pharyngitis, inflammation of the throat. He received a sentence of Life without Parole. The son of a bookmaker, Smith went to Oxford before beginning his career as an assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre in London, joining Not The Nine O’Clock News in 1979. "It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed," said Mel. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. But it was Alas Smith And Jones, which lasted for ten series over 16 years, that guaranteed their place in the comedy firmament. Nobody could have been easier to work with.’, Sad news: The actor and director Mel Smith has died at the age of 60, his agent Michael Foster has confirmed, Comedy classic: Mel Smith (left) with his co-stars in Not The Nine O'Clock News Rowan Atkinson (back right) Pamela Stephenson (centre) and Griff Rhys Jones (front right), Dressed up: Mel Smith as Wilbur Turnblad, with Michael Ball as his wife Edna in the the West End Musical 'Hairspray'. 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He said he downed handfuls of the drug Nurofen Plus ‘like Smarties’ after developing gout which spread from his feet to his wrists, elbows and knees, causing excruciating pain. The report stated that he died of an accidental “abuse of prescription medications” that included commonly known painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills. Died:20-Jul-2013. He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible. The pair found fame in the late 1970s in the ground-breaking satirical sketch show Not The Nine O’Clock News. Location of death:London, England. You would see him with a bump on his car and he would joke, 'I didn't do it, it must have been the wife. Mr. Tregeagle was sentenced out of Coos County, Oregon on 10/20/97 for the crime of Homicide. A source said: "He was working all the time. – True Stories. 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His pioneering TV work with Griff Rhys Jones through their company Talkback has created many of the defining comedy shows of recent decades.’, Tributes: Mel Smith's friend Peter Fincham described him as an 'extraordinary natural talent'. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Cause of death:Heart Attack. 1979-10-16 Comedy sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" debuts starring Rowan Atkinson, Chris Langham, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith on BBC 2; 1983-06-15 "Black Adder" TV comedy premieres starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson and written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson on BBC1 Tony Hadley recalls seeing comedian Mel Smith snorting cocaine in secret … Smith died Sunday. We have lost a very, very dear friend." Perhaps I should get one. Sorry to bring sad and bad news, but apparently he died from heart-attack in his sleep.". NAM, The Story of the Vietnam Generation. He was pictured in London shortly after that looking considerably slimmer, sparking rumours about the state of his health. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. When he moved into the director’s chair, Smith’s career flourished further, first with the acclaimed romantic comedy The Tall Guy and later the hugely successful Rowan Atkinson film, Bean. Nicholas Smith, an English actor who was the last-surviving original cast member of "Are You Being Served?" 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This video tells the cause of death of many celebrites from around the world! Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed. A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 9.07 on Friday morning to an address in North London and sent two respondents but sadly the patient was dead at the scene.". Smith was confirmed dead by the ambulance crew, with a later post-mortem confirming death from a heart attack. Malcolm Brown said: "He once entertained us at a drink's party, he was quite a funny man. 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The list of British celebrities, actors, musicians, artists, politicians and famous people.By clicking on each name from the below list, you can find their biography, birthday, age, date of death, location of death and even cause of their death. On screen he helped to define a new style of comedy from the late 1970s that continues to influence people to this day. They gave birth to Sidney Russell-Cooke and Priscilla (Russell-Cooke) Phipps. Smith died at his home in St John’s Wood, North London, where he lived with his wife of 25 years, Pam. Friends said that Smith had suffered a fall at home earlier in the week ‘and had been unwell since’. 1990-02-05 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York; Historical Events. ", Kim Wilde, who recorded a Top 10 festive hit with the comic in 1987, tweeted: "Happy memories of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with the late, great Mel Smith. Close friend Stephen Fry said: "Terrible news about my old friend Mel Smith, dead today from a heart-attack. Mel Smith doesn’t think highly of Pamela Stephenson. Leah Labelle Death ... Leah Labelle Cause Of Death. We are all in a state of shock. Griff Rhys Jones yesterday led the tributes to his long-standing comedy partner Mel Smith, who died after suffering a heart attack. Mel's body was discovered by emergency services shortly after 9am on Friday. It turned out I had a virulent throat infection.’. ‘It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed,’ he said then. The British comedian - known for the sketch shows … He was 44 years old. ", Revealing his drinking habits, Smith said: "I wasn't a model of sobriety at Oxford, I can assure you of that - or for several years afterwards. It is very sad because he was very young.". Birthplace:London, England. I've never had a drink problem, though. Lanky, dark-haired, intense leading man of narrow-faced handsomeness, signed by Warner Brothers in his early twenties and prominent for a while in their TV western series. 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It came after a long addiction to sleeping pills, which he blamed on work and pain caused by gout. DeadDeath is yet to confirm the cause of death. Radioland Murders (1994) Director: Mel Smith Corbin Bernsen Brion James Larry Miller Jack Sheldon Jeffrey Tambor Stephen Tobolowsky Add a photo to this gallery Paramedics were alerted shortly after 9am on Friday but London Ambulance Service said he was ‘dead at the scene’. Mel, who referred to his addiction to the opiate codeine found in painkillers as his "dark secret", was said to have been in fine form recently after starring in the Stephen Poliakoff TV drama Dancing on the Edge. But Mel is Mel. We had a good deal of fun. This is shock to all of us. A source close to the family said: "Pam is so upset she was not with him." Griff said: "I still can't believe this has happened. I will look back on the days working with him as some of the funniest times that I have ever spent. A heart attack is believed to be the cause of his death. He kept working in film throughout the nineties and the early 2000s, starring in the Helena Bonham Carter comedy adaptation "Women Talking Dirty" (2001) and "Janice Beard" (2002) with Rhys Ifans. In 2000, Smith revealed that he had conquered a seven-year addiction to over-the-counter painkillers. He runs his own advertising company, AdSmith and writes in his free time. He also set up independent company Talkback Productions, which created Smack The Pony, Da Ali G Show and I'm Alan Partridge. Books. Mel Smith currently lives in Arizona with his wife, Alane. I feel truly sad at his parting.’, John Lloyd, producer of Not The Nine O’Clock News, said: ‘Mel did an extraordinary thing – he taught us all how to make comedy natural.’, Comedy duo: Smith and Jones became famous in Not The Nine O'Clock News together. The cause of death is under investigation. Rhys Jones went on: ‘We never had an argument about which part we should play or how we were going to do something. 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