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Comedy legend Barry Cryer has died at the age of 86.

He appeared on BBC Radio 4 show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue since it began in 1972.

He wrote for many household names, including Sir Bruce Forsyth, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.

Today tributes have flooded in for the star, who is originally from Leeds and who was made an OBE in 2001 for services to comedy.

Close friend, the actor, broadcaster, writer and former politician Gyles Brandreth, today wrote on Twitter : 'Baz was just the loveliest guy : funny and generous.

He'd worked with everybody & everybody he worked with liked him.

I shall miss his happy company so much- & his regular phone calls : he gave you a gem of a joke with each one."

"Such a warm, funny and talented man.

"A giant of British comedy.

Thanks for all the laughs, Barry. '

"Such sad news, one of the absolute greats of comedy, Baddy Cryer, is no more," wrote Fry on Twitter.

Barry Cryer has died aged 86, it has been confirmed. (Image: GETTY)

"A glorious, gorgeous, hilarious and gifted writer and performer who straddled all the comic traditions.

Universally beloved … farewell, Baz."

There he helped with the BBC's long-running entertainment show The Good Old Days.

The position established Cryer as a standout writer.

English writer, comedian and actor Barry Cryer (pictured here in 1979) has died at the age of 86

Cryer also wrote episodes for the TV comedy Doctor in the House, which starred Barry Evans and Simon Cuff.

Stephen Fry, Piers Morgan, Jon Holmes and Richard Herring are among the stars to pay tribute to Cryer on social media following news of his death.

He told his 7.9 million followers : "RIP Barry Cryer.

Who else is going to call me and tell me old jokes that only he could still make funny, now?

The comedian married his wife Theresa in 1962- and he leaves behind four children, seven grandchildren, and one grandchild.

The comic was a prolific writer whose long-running career saw him work with performers including Bruce Forsyth, Bob Hope, Spike Milligan, and The Two Ronnies.

READ MORE : Stephen Fry and Piers Morgan lead tributes to 'giant of British comedy' The Leeds-born comedian began his career at London's Windmill Theatre.

He then became a regular collaborator with David Frost, writing for The Frost Report from 1966 to 1967.

Barry Cryer worked with comedic legends including Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies (Image: GETTY)

Following the devastating news, former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan led heartfelt tributes to the star on Twitter.

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