Legendary British comedian Eric Sykes has passed away aged 89 and it's not taken long for tributes to pour in for one of the country's finest stars. Sykes made his name during somewhat of a golden age for British comedy, appearing in a series of TV sitcoms in the 1950s including 'Sykes And A.' alongside Hattie Jacques. His legacy and influences stretched to comedians generations younger than him, as proven by the array of people coming out to applaud his life today.
Sir Bruce Forsythe claimed that Sykes was "one of the greats of comedy in this country" according to the Bbc. "He was universally loved here," the entertainer continued. "He was just one of the funniest men ever." Stephen Fry meanwhile took to Twitter to pass on his respects, writing "Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man."
Others who praised him included 'League of Gentleman' star Mark Gatiss who commented "The wonderful Eric Sykes has left us. A giant of comedy and a gentleman - funny to his very core. Rip." Comedian Robin Ince added his thoughts too, calling him "the last link to many of the most important early post war comedians" and "a great entertainer". Former Bbc head of comedy Jon Plowman paid tribute to Sykes as "a warm man, a kind man, a warm family man". He continued "We won't see his like again. He was a wonderful improviser."