By Chris Hastings and Charlotte Griffiths for The Mail on Sunday, Published: 17:11 EST, 20 July 2013 | Updated: 07:26 EST, 21 July 2013. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off screen. Tony Hadley recalls seeing comedian Mel Smith snorting cocaine in secret … The tragic death of comedian, actor, writer, director and producer Mel Smith will cause many to pause for thought. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Mel, who had a passion for gambling and owned a string of race horses, was one of the major success stories of Not The Nine O'Clock News which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1982 alongside Griff Rhys Jones, Pamela Stephenson and Rowan Atkinson. The list of British celebrities, actors, musicians, artists, politicians and famous people.By clicking on each name from the below list, you can find their biography, birthday, age, date of death, location of death and even cause of their death. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. NAM, The Story of the Vietnam Generation. ‘He inspired love and utter loyalty and he gave it in return. Heart attack claims comic genius Mel Smith at 60 THE world of showbusiness was in mourning last night after the ­sudden death of comedian Mel Smith at 60. Mel Smith, British actor, comedian and director known for The Princess Bride (1987), Smith & Jones (1984) and European Vacation (1985) - Born December 3, 1952 to July 19, 2013 Cause of Death: Heart Attack He was taken to hospital days after the show was recorded and said later: ‘My throat specialist feared I had cancer. We are all in a state of shock. Smith, his friend of 35 years, was a ‘brilliant actor’ he said, and his death at the age of 60 had left  ‘everyone in a state of shock’. A source said: "He was working all the time. 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LONDON (AP) - Actor and writer Mel Smith, a major force in British comedy whose evening news parody anticipated the hijinks of hits such as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," has died of a heart ", Kim Wilde, who recorded a Top 10 festive hit with the comic in 1987, tweeted: "Happy memories of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with the late, great Mel Smith. He was always busy. They reveal the cause of death, death certificate filing state, county and city, deceased's address, family members, siblings, parents, household size, place, and date of birth. Close friend Stephen Fry said: "Terrible news about my old friend Mel Smith, dead today from a heart-attack. On screen he helped to define a new style of comedy from the late 1970s that continues to influence people to this day. Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed. 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Yesterday heartbroken Griff Rhys Jones led tributes to his comedy partner. Mel, who referred to his addiction to the opiate codeine found in painkillers as his "dark secret", was said to have been in fine form recently after starring in the Stephen Poliakoff TV drama Dancing on the Edge. In later years they set up the independent television company, Talkback Productions. At the start of his addiction, Smith was also depressed that his career as a director seemed to be stalling, despite his film Bean having taken £100 million at the box office. DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger released the cause of death for 19-year-old Michael Currin on Wednesday. Neighbours at Pam and Mel's €8.5million cottage, close to Lord's Cricket Ground and Abbey Road studios, spoke fondly of the comedian. The pair found fame in the late 1970s in the ground-breaking satirical sketch show Not The Nine O’Clock News. EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson's promises around childhood obesity seem insincere give an investigation has revealed eight out of 10 playgrounds need repairing. ‘It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed,’ he said then. Race or Ethnicity:White. He said: ‘When my doctor found out how many pills I’d taken he told me, “You might as well of put a gun to your head”. Comedian Mel Smith, celebrated for the long-running sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, has died of a heart attack at the age of 60. The cause of death is under investigation. The actor, writer and director Mel Smith has died, at the age of 60. Clyde worked in television around the start of his acting career with a role on "The Pallisers" (PBS, 1976-77). "Like an alcoholic hiding bottles, I started hiding my tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipping them between scripts. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. Fantastic fun, making shows. They gave birth to Sidney Russell-Cooke and Priscilla (Russell-Cooke) Phipps. Country star Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, are “devastated and heartbroken” over the death of their 3-year-old son, River Kelly. – a long-running British television sitcom – has died. But he never took himself or the business too seriously. ... Robert Melbourne “Mel” Smith passed away … Partners: Mel with his 'other comedy half' Griff Rhys Jones in TVs 'Smith and Jones in Small Doses', Double trouble: Mel in red and Griff Rhys Jones in green during a drinkers sketch on Not The Nine O'Clock News. I will look back on the days working with him as some of the funniest times that I have ever spent. Rhys Jones went on: ‘We never had an argument about which part we should play or how we were going to do something. Hugh Keays-Byrne: Charlize Theron leads tributes following death of Mad Max star. The couple had been married for 24 years and had homes in London's St John's Wood, Oxfordshire and Barbados. Smith announced the news on Instagram and Twitter. Mel Smith. Who are we to argue with that? Mel's body was discovered by emergency services shortly after 9am on Friday. Harshbarger said … Rhys Jones said yesterday: ‘I still can’t believe this has happened. A source close to the family said: "Pam is so upset she was not with him." Last night tributes flooded in from a host of stars for the larger-than-life actor who last appeared on TV screens in March. Sean Garrison. He said he downed handfuls of the drug Nurofen Plus ‘like Smarties’ after developing gout which spread from his feet to his wrists, elbows and knees, causing excruciating pain. Entertainer: Mel Smith died on Friday, aged 60, a loss which was described as a 'great shock' by his long-standing comedy partner Griff Rhys Jones. He is best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder (1983–1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995). Gender:Male. 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