Entertainer Ronnie Corbett has died aged 85 surrounded by his family.

A statement from his publicist said: “Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.

“They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”

Born Ronald Balfour Corbett in Edinburgh, Corbett was perhaps best known for his long association with fellow comedian Ronnie Barker in the television series The Two Ronnies.

The pair first worked together on The Frost Report in the late 1960s before developing their own show which included sketches, singing and dancing.

The show is still hailed as one of the most popular TV programmes of the late 20th century.

Tributes from the world of comedy poured in after news of Corbett’s death was announced.

Former BBC chairman Lord Grade told Sky News the star was working right up until his death and was a “comic genius”.

He said people loved working with the comedian and he had an “innate” feel for comedy and what would make an audience laugh.

Ricky Gervais wrote: “RIP the lovely, funny legend Ronnie Corbett. It was an absolute honour & joy to have known him.”

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