Radioland Murders (1994) Director: Mel Smith Corbin Bernsen Brion James Larry Miller Jack Sheldon Jeffrey Tambor Stephen Tobolowsky Add a photo to this gallery 1990-02-05 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York; Historical Events. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off screen. Mask-wearing should also be made compulsory in public and nurseries and places of worship closed, Eight of 10 playgrounds need repairing despite Boris Johnson childhood obesity pledge. DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger released the cause of death for 19-year-old Michael Currin on Wednesday. Location of death:London, England. Friends said that Smith had suffered a fall at home earlier in the week ‘and had been unwell since’. Birthplace:London, England. But they weren’t friends then — … ‘They didn’t make me feel high. That realisation finally made him quit the tablets. He was a very generous and supportive actor. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. 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. Huge parties and crazy times. They were colleagues in one of the most ground-breaking TV shows ever. Born:3-Dec-1952. Griff said: "I still can't believe this has happened. But Mel is Mel. ARE DEAD PEOPLE TRUELY DEAD? He had spent years battling an addiction to painkillers and his recent frail state had led to fears over his health. Helen Melville Smith, mother to 2 children, was born on April 2, 1898 in Litherland, England United Kingdom. They just helped me relax.’, Double act: Mel Smith with his long-term collaborator Griff Rhys Jones, Family: The comedian had been married to former model Pam for 24 years, Shock: Mel, pictured with his wife Pam in 2005, had been battling ill health for some time. Sean Garrison. Died:20-Jul-2013. "He had a relish for it that seemed utterly inexhaustible.". Actor. – a long-running British television sitcom – has died. The judge said the "root cause" of Smith's offending was hatred of another woman, Samantha Schofield. A riveting, historically accurate tale of war’s horror, impossible love, and ultimate redemption. By Chris Hastings and Charlotte Griffiths for The Mail on Sunday, Published: 17:11 EST, 20 July 2013 | Updated: 07:26 EST, 21 July 2013. 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'. The cause of death is under investigation. Comic Mel Smith suffered a fall just days before he died of a heart attack, friends revealed last night. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. On screen he helped to define a new style of comedy from the late 1970s that continues to influence people to this day. (Thanks to Robert and Tommy) 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. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way. Perhaps I should get one. Smith, his friend of 35 years, was a ‘brilliant actor’ he said, and his death at the age of 60 had left  ‘everyone in a state of shock’. It turned out I had a virulent throat infection.’. 'Terrific business. To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. Mel Smith currently lives in Arizona with his wife, Alane. 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. Like an  alcoholic hiding his bottles, I started hiding my Nurofen tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipped them between scripts. He was taken to hospital days after the show was recorded and said later: ‘My throat specialist feared I had cancer. BBC Director General Tony Hall said: ‘Mel Smith’s contribution to British comedy cannot be overstated. DeadDeath is yet to confirm the cause of death. 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He does what he wants to do. The 60-year-old, whose recent frail state had led to fears over his health, had been "unwell" since the incident. ‘Mel was not a pressure person. He was pictured in London shortly after that looking considerably slimmer, sparking rumours about the state of his health. They wreaked havoc with my insides, eating into my stomach wall. LONDON (AP) - Actor and writer Mel Smith, a major force in British comedy whose evening news parody anticipated the hijinks of hits such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," has died of a heart Griff, 59, said: "He inspired love and utter loyalty and he gave it in return. Country star Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, are “devastated and heartbroken” over the death of their 3-year-old son, River Kelly. ‘He was also an excellent theatre and movie director, doing a wonderful job on the first Mr Bean movie. The couple had been married for 24 years and had homes in London's St John's Wood, Oxfordshire and Barbados. Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed. I am very lucky to be alive.’. Cause of death:Heart Attack. ‘He inspired love and utter loyalty and he gave it in return. He kept working in film throughout the eighties and the nineties, starring in "Wilt" (1990) with Mel Smith, "Splitting Heirs" (1993) with Rick Moranis and "Kaspar Hauser" (1996). ‘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. He was 81. "It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed," said Mel. Gender:Male. It came after a long addiction to sleeping pills, which he blamed on work and pain caused by gout. He said: ‘When my doctor found out how many pills I’d taken he told me, “You might as well of put a gun to your head”. Rowan Sebastian Atkinson CBE (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian, and writer. Heartbroken Griff Rhys Jones leads tributes to his comedy partner who died in his bed of a heart attack, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. This is shock to all of us. And he was a brilliant actor. We are all in a state of shock. Books. Griff Rhys Jones yesterday led the tributes to his long-standing comedy partner Mel Smith, who  died after suffering a heart attack. They gave birth to Sidney Russell-Cooke and Priscilla (Russell-Cooke) Phipps. – True Stories. Partners: Mel with his 'other comedy half' Griff Rhys Jones in TVs 'Smith and Jones in Small Doses', Double trouble: Mel in red and Griff Rhys Jones in green during a drinkers sketch on Not The Nine O'Clock News. 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'", Connie Glynn, 63, said: "I feel for Pam, she is a lovely woman.". Hugh Keays-Byrne: Charlize Theron leads tributes following death of Mad Max star. A heart attack is believed to be the cause of his death. Paramedics were alerted shortly after 9am on Friday but London Ambulance Service said he was ‘dead at the scene’. 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'. 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. We have lost a very, very dear friend." On the morning of 19 July 2013, the London Ambulance Service was called to Smith's home in north-west London. Griff Rhys Jones is best known for his work alongside his late comedy partner Mel Smith. 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. Though he and Griff sold Talkback in 1999 to Freemantle for €75million, Smith remained a key figure in comedy. ... Robert Melbourne “Mel” Smith passed away … He was director of embedded device security at IOActive, which has offices in Seattle and London. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. He died from a heart attack on 19 July 2013. I've never had a drink problem, though. Close friend Stephen Fry said: "Terrible news about my old friend Mel Smith, dead today from a heart-attack. He is best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder (1983–1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995). 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. In 1999 the actor ended up seriously ill in hospital after he took more than 50 Nurofen tablets. Mel's wife Pamela had gone to the couple's country home with her sister for the weekend and was not home when he suffered the fatal coronary. It was all terribly grubby. Married Life. We are all in a state of shock. 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It later emerged he had been suffering from severe pharyngitis, inflammation of the throat. The British comedian - known for the sketch shows … A source close to the family said: "Pam is so upset she was not with him." When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Smith died at his home in St John’s Wood, North London, where he lived with his wife of 25 years, Pam. This video tells the cause of death of many celebrites from around the world! Yesterday heartbroken Griff Rhys Jones led tributes to his comedy partner. On one occasion he swallowed 50 tablets – more than eight times the recommended daily dose – and had to be admitted to hospital. Born - 19 October 1937, New York City, USA Died - 2 March 2018. Some might pause for thought because he died at the age of 60. In later years they set up the independent television company, Talkback Productions. 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