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Actor Richard Briers dies

The actor Richard Briers, known for his role in The Good Life and Roobarb and Custard, has died at the age of 79. He had been battling a serious lung condition for a decade.

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Smoker Briers said health problems were 'totally my fault'

Richard Briers was a heavy smoker before quitting in 2003 Credit: PA

Richard Briers' health deteriorated after being diagnosed with emphysema five years ago.

In an interview at the end of January, he told how he blamed his years of smoking for the condition.

"It's totally my fault. So, I get very breathless, which is a pain in the backside. Trying to get upstairs... oh God, it's ridiculous.

"Of course, when you're bloody nearly 80 it's depressing, because you've had it anyway."

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