Tim Brooke-Taylor, 'Goodies' Star, Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 79

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Tim Brooke-Taylor

"He was a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with," said fellow 'Goodies' star Graeme Garden.

Tim Brooke-Taylor, one of the trio of stars from the classic U.K. sketch show The Goodies, has died. He was 79. 

A rep for Brooke-Taylor could not be reached for more information, but his agent told the The Guardian that the actor died Sunday from complications due to the novel coronavirus.

“It is with great sadness that we announce Tim’s death early today from Covid-19," the agent told the publication

Monty Python troupe member Eric Idle was among those paying their condolences to a comic much loved in Britiain, tweeting that Brooke-Taylor had actually auditioned him at the very start of his career.

"I'm very saddened to hear of the loss of our old friend and fellow Pembroke alum Tim Brooke-Taylor. He and Bill Oddie auditioned me for the Pembroke Smoker in 1963, starting my career," he wrote. "I always thought him a wonderful man, funny, kind and generous. Merde. This fucking virus."

Fellow Goodies star Graeme Garden told the BBC he was "terribly saddened by the loss of a dear colleague and close friend of over 50 years."

"He was a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with," Garden told the BBC. "Audiences found him not only hilarious but also adorable. His loss at this dreadful time is particularly hard to bear, and my thoughts are with Christine, Ben, Edward and their families." 

The Goodies' third star, Bill Oddie, said via Twitter: "Fifty years and he only got cross with me once... well maybe twice... no quite a lot actually! No one could wear silly costumes or do dangerous stunts like Tim. I know it hurt cos he used to cry a lot. Sorry Timbo. A true visual comic and a great friend x."

The Goodies, a popular sketch show starring and co-written by Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie, ran nine seasons on the BBC from 1970-1980. 

Brooke-Taylor was also known for his work on the long-running U.K. game show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He also appeared in various sitcoms. 

Brooke-Taylor received an Order of the British Empire for his body of work in 2011. 

He is survived by his wife, Christine, and two sons, Ben and Edward.