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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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'Gentleman and scholar' Mel Smith dies aged 60

Tributes have been paid to the comedian, actor and director Mel Smith, who has died aged 60.

Smith, best known for his appearances on Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O'Clock News died of a heart attack at his home yesterday.

His former comedy partner, Griff Rhys Jones, called him "a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit".

ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie looks back at his career:

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