NEWS
01/02/2019 09:37 GMT | Updated 01/02/2019 12:05 GMT

Jeremy Hardy Dead: Comedian And Blackadder Star Dies Of Cancer Aged 57

"He will be enormously missed by so many."

Comedian Jeremy Hardy died of cancer early on Friday, his publicist Amanda Emery has said.

Hardy was best known for his work on BBC Radio 4, appearing on ‘The News Quiz’, ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ and ‘Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation’.

He also played Corporal Perkins in ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’, set during World War 1.

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Hardy as Corporal Perkins in Blackadder Goes Forth.

He was outspoken in his political views and was a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, speaking at a rally in 2016 when the Labour leader faced a leadership challenge from Owen Smith.

Hardy’s last tweet, posted on 8 January, was a dig at the former PM, Tony Blair.

In a statement, Emery added: “Friends and family of comedian Jeremy Hardy are immensely sad to announce that Jeremy died of cancer, early on Friday 1st February.

“He was with his wife and daughter as he died. He retained to the end the principles that guided his life; trying to make the world more humane, and to be wonderfully funny.

“He will be enormously missed by so many, who were inspired by him and who laughed with him. A fitting memorial will take place, details to be announced soon.”

Fellow comedians and entertainers paid tribute to Hardy on Twitter. ‘Pointless’ host Richard Osman said he was “so naturally brilliant and funny”.

Comedian Angela Barnes, who has appeared on both The News Quiz and Mock The Week, wrote on Twitter: “Utterly heartbroken to have to say goodbye to Jeremy Hardy.

A tweet from the account of Radio 4 said he was “one of the funniest people around”.

Hardy is survived by his wife, Katie, and his daughter, Elizabeth.