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Comedian John Fortune dies aged 74

John Fortune, the comedian made famous on Bremner, Bird and Fortune, has died at the age of 74. His agent said the veteran satire comic died peacefully with his wife Emma at his bedside.

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Satirist John Fortune became a household name

John Fortune was best known as half of the award-winning comedy duo The Long Johns alongside John Bird.

The pair became household names for their witty characterisations of bumbling politicians, military figures and businessmen.

John Fortune (R) with fellow comedians Rory Bremner (C) and John Bird Credit: Chris Young/PA Wire

He played a key role setting up The Establishment Club with Peter Cook in the 1960s, taking the review on tour to America.

John Fortune (R) and John Bird with their BAFTA awards for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1997 Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

In 1997 he won a Bafta for Best Light Entertainment Performance for his work on Rory Bremner, Who Else? alongside Bremner and Bird.

He was also nominated four times for Baftas between 1999 and 2003.

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