Tributes pour in for Dame Edna star Barry Humphries after Australian comedian dies in hospital

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Tributes have poured in for Dame Edna star Barry Humphries from Matt Lucas, Ricky Gervais and Piers Morgan.

Tributes are pouring in for Barry Humphries after the Australian comedy great died aged 89. Best known for his drag alter-ego Dame Edna Everage, Humphries passed away in Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital today, Saturday April 22.

Humphries, who was rushed to hospital following complications from a hip surgery, died  surrounded by his family, it has been reported. As well as Dame Edna Everage, Humphries was also well known for creating the Sir Les Patterson character. Tributes have started to flood in for the entertainer and comedian.

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Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese tweeted: “For 89 years, Barry Humphries entertained us through a galaxy of personas, from Dame Edna to Sandy Stone. But the brightest star in that galaxy was always Barry. A great wit, satirist, writer and an absolute one-of-kind, he was both gifted and a gift. May he rest in peace.”

Comedian Matt Lucas also paid tribute, saying: “I wonder if all geniuses are as lovely as Barry Humphries. Thank you for delighting and inspiring us. Quite simply, you were the greatest.”

Ricky Gervais tweeted: “Farewell, Barry Humphries, you comedy genius.”

Piers Morgan joined in the tributes, saying: One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. A wondrously intelligent, entertaining, daring, provocative, mischievous comedy genius. As hilarious in private as he was as the iconic Dame Edna. What a life, what a character. Thanks for all the laughs, Barry.”

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Carol Vorderman said: “You will be mourned, Barry Humphries. I only met you a few times but that look in your eyes full of bright intelligence and mischief, knowing trouble was ahead and looking forward to every special second of it: I’ll never forget it. Thank you Sir. A genius.”

Comedian Dara O’Briain added: “RIP Barry Humphries, one of the absolute funniest people ever. A huge life, lived long and well. He will be missed.”

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