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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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John Bird: John Fortune 'made me funny'

The comedian John Bird has paid tribute to his friend and lifelong collaborator John Fortune, who has died.

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

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said Fortune was a "priceless asset as a working partner" and added that "not only was he a very funny person, but he made me funny".

"We used to work at my house every day ... and as soon as he arrived everything flowed ... He just made everything easy.

"He was a very compassionate and a very cultured person," he added.

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