Sir Norman Wisdom dies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 October 2010
Sir Norman Wisdom

Sir Norman Wisdom

Tributes flood in for screen legend Sir Norman Wisdom who has died aged 95 after a series of strokes

Sir Norman Wisdom has died aged 95.

The screen and comedy legend - who starred in a string of TV shows including ITV1 soap 'Coronation Street' and hospital drama 'Casualty' in his later years - passed away from a stroke yesterday (04.10.10), following an ongoing battle with his health.

His family said in a statement: "Over the last six months Norman has sustained a series of strokes causing a general decline in both his physical and mental health.

"He had maintained a degree of independence until a few days ago. However, over the last few days his condition rapidly declined."

The star was best known for his slap-stick gags playing legendary comedy character Norman Pitkin in a string of Rank Organisation films in the 50s and 60s.

But in his later years he started to appear on the small screen after starring in hit BBC drama 'Going Gently' in 1981 playing a terminally ill cancer patient opposite Judi Dench.

The Londoner, who was knighted in 2000, had spent the past three years at a nursing home on the Isle of Man where he passed away yesterday.

Tributes were last night led by his agent Johnny Mans, who said of his "best friend": "It's absolutely devastating. I thought he'd go on until he was at least 100 and get his telegram from the Queen."

Phil Day, who had been Norman's publicist since 1969, added: "Whatever he said, you had to look for the tongue in the cheek to see if he was serious. But he never turned down any request. He never threw a tantrum. He was 100 per cent professional all the time. It's a sad day."