Richard Briers dies
Richard Briers passed away at his London home yesterday (17.02.13), at the age of 79
Richard Briers has died.
The British actor - best known for roles in shows such as 'Ever Decreasing Circles', 'Marriage Lines' and 'Monarch of the Glen' - passed away "peacefully" at his London home yesterday (17.02.13) at the age of 79, his agent has confirmed.
Richard had been battling a serious lung condition for a number of years and said recently years of smoking had been to blame for his emphysema.
Explaining he was diagnosed five years ago with the condition, Richard - who quit his deadly habit a decade ago - said: "It's totally my fault. So, I get very breathless, which is a pain in the backside. Trying to get upstairs... oh God, it's ridiculous. Of course, when you're bloody nearly 80 it's depressing, because you've had it anyway.
"I was diagnosed five years ago and didn't think it would go quite as badly as it has. It's a bugger, but there it is. I used to love smoking."
The actor is survived by wife Ann Davies and their daughters Lucy and Katie.