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Dame Edna star Barry Humphries dies aged 89

Barry Humphries has died aged 89 after he was rushed to hospital in a serious condition over complications from hip replacement surgery.

The Dame Edna star on Saturday evening according to a spokesman for St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney where he was being treated

“I can confirm Barry Humphries passed away this evening Sydney time, around 7pm on Saturday evening,” the spokesman said.

The sad news comes after the comedian, who also played alter-ego Sir Les Patterson, was taken into hospital in a serious condition following complications from a hip replacement.

A statement from the Humphries family said: “He was completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit.

“With over 70 years on the stage, he was an entertainer to his core, touring up until the last year of his life and planning more shows that will sadly never be.

“His audiences were precious to him, and he never took them for granted.

“Although he may be best remembered for his work in theatre, he was a painter, author, poet, and a collector and lover of art in all its forms.

“He was also a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a friend and confidant to many. His passing leaves a void in so many lives.

“The characters he created, which brought laughter to millions, will live on.”

 

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