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Comedian Mel Smith dies at 60

Comedian Mel Smith, celebrated for the long-running sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, has died of a heart attack at the age of 60.

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Mel Smith had 'extraordinary talent but wore it lightly'

ITV's director of television Peter Fincham expressed his sadness on hearing Mel Smith had died, describing the news as a "big moment" for the industry.

Speaking from the Latitude festival, Peter said he would remember Mel more as a friend than as a comedian - he was his partner in a company they ran together called Talkback Productions.

He said he would remember Mel as a "gentle man" who "wore his extraordinary talent very lightly".

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