Comedian and actor Mel Smith has died at the age of 60.
His agent Michael Foster confirmed this afternoon that Mel died on Friday (19 July) following a heart attack at his home in north west London.
Mel Smith was best known for his comedy partnership with Griff Rhys Jones who he worked with on Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones.
Rhys Jones released a statement saying that he had lost a “very, very dear friend.”
Rowan Atkinson, who starred alongside Smith, Jones and Pamela Stephenson on BBC series Not The Nine O’Clock News, has said he is “truly sad” at Mel’s passing. “Mel Smith – a lovely man of whom I saw too little in his later years. I loved the sketches that we did together on Not the Nine O’Clock News.”
Smith was also a writer and director and worked with Atkinson in 1997 to direct the movie Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Movie. In 1987, Smith and Jones starred alongside singer Kim Wilde for a cover of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ for Comic Relief.
Smith and Jones created Talkback Production which went on to produce iconic shows such as I’m Alan Partridge and Da Ali G Show. The company was sold in 2000 for a reported £62 million.
Mel Smith 1952 – 2013