Cowell's tribute to Winner: Laughter was never far away

I'm very sad to hear about Michael passing away.

He's become a very good friend over the years and someone whose company I have always really enjoyed.

Laughter was never far away when Michael was around and he is someone who the more I got to know, the fonder I got of him.

I am sure there are a lot of other people who, like me, will really miss him.

– Simon Cowell

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Winner's 'perfect' funeral

Sir David Frost and Sir Michael Parkinson were amongst those at the funeral of film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner. His office said: "If Michael had been alive to film it, he would have said, 'Perfect, darling, perfect'."