British writer, broadcaster and former politician SIR CLEMENT FREUD has died at the age of 84.
Freud, whose grandfather was legendary psychiatrist Sigmund Freud and his brother artist Lucien Freud, died on Wednesday (15Apr09) at his home in London.
The cause of death has not been disclosed.
He was born in Berlin, Germany but raised in Britain after his family fled the Nazi regime in the 1930s, and he served in the British Army during the Second World War.
After the war, Freud opened his own restaurant in London and became one of the U.K.'s first celebrity chefs, writing a number of newspaper columns and books about food.
In the 1960s he became a household name in the U.K. thanks to a string of successful dog food commercials in which he starred alongside his bloodhound Henry.
In the 1970s Freud entered politics and spent 10 years as a Liberal Member of Parliament, before returning to broadcasting, with regular appearances on a BBC Radio 4 comedy show.
His varied life and career also includes a brief musical interlude - Freud lent his recognisable voice to a track on Wings' 1973 album Band on the Run. Sir Paul MCCartney also chose him to appear on the album cover.
Freud is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jill, five children - including PR guru Matthew and successful broadcaster Emma - and 17 grandchildren.
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