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Mel Smith dies at the age of 60

Mel Smith has died of a heart attack at the age of 60. The comedian celebrated for the long-running sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, first became interested in drama while a student at Oxford University.

While at the University he produced The Tempest and this then led to him joining the Royal Court Theatre. He was also heavily involved in the Oxford Dramatic Society and performed with them at the Edinburgh Fringe.