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Piers Morgan and Samuel West lead tributes as broadcaster Clive James dies aged 80

The critic died in his home (Picture: Chris Bourchier/REX)

Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James has died aged 80 in his home.

Announcing the tragic news of his death, United Agents wrote: ‘Clive James, poet, critic and broadcaster, died at his home in Cambridge on Sunday 24th November 2019.

‘A private funeral attended by family and close friends took place in the chapel at Pembroke College, Cambridge on Wednesday 27th November.

‘Clive died almost 10 years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time.

‘He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this “great, good world”.’

He spent the last decade of his life writing with typical humour about his terminal cancer diagnosis.

Celebrities, authors, and journalists all came together to pay tribute to the late poet.

Piers Morgan took to Twitter to write: ‘RIP Clive James, 80. A brilliantly funny man.’

Darkest Hour actor and theatre director Samuel West said: ‘We were lucky to have him for so long after his diagnosis. We were lucky to have him at all. RIP Clive James.’

Broadcaster Rev Richard Coles said: ‘Woe, Clive James has also died, the best telly critic that ever there was, who once described Barbara Cartland’s face as looking like two crows that had crashed into the white cliffs of Dover.’

TV presenter Gaby Roslin also paid tribute to Clive and said: ‘Clive James you were unique. You were incredibly kind to me and there will never be anyone quite like you. My love and thoughts to his family and friends. A very sad loss of a brilliant man.’

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