Smith announced the news on Instagram and Twitter. At the start of his addiction, Smith was also depressed that his career as a director seemed to be stalling, despite his film Bean having taken £100 million at the box office. Comic Mel Smith suffered a fall just days before he died of a heart attack, friends revealed last night. I am very lucky to be alive.’. We had a good deal of fun. He also set up independent company Talkback Productions, which created Smack The Pony, Da Ali G Show and I'm Alan Partridge. We are yet to observe the family statement on this death. Tests revealed he had two stomach ulcers which had been ‘dripping’ blood, leaving him anaemic. He was always busy. 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Mel's wife Pamela had gone to the couple's country home with her sister for the weekend and was not home when he suffered the fatal coronary. When he moved into the director’s chair, Smith’s career flourished further, first with the acclaimed romantic comedy The Tall Guy and later the hugely successful Rowan Atkinson film, Bean. But during an appearance on Celebrity Mastermind in 2009, he appeared frail and slurred his words. Concerns about the multi-millionaire comedian’s health were raised four years ago after he appeared on a celebrity version of Mastermind looking ‘frail and anxious’ and slurring his words. Rhys Jones said yesterday: ‘I still can’t believe this has happened. In 2000, Smith revealed that he had conquered a seven-year addiction to over-the-counter painkillers. Mel Smith, British actor, comedian and director known for The Princess Bride (1987), Smith & Jones (1984) and European Vacation (1985) - Born December 3, 1952 to July 19, 2013 Cause of Death: Heart Attack They just helped me relax.’, Double act: Mel Smith with his long-term collaborator Griff Rhys Jones, Family: The comedian had been married to former model Pam for 24 years, Shock: Mel, pictured with his wife Pam in 2005, had been battling ill health for some time. ‘It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed,’ he said then. 'Terrific business. DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger released the cause of death for 19-year-old Michael Currin on Wednesday. ... — Mel Smith (@iamMelsmith) April 1, 2020. The actor, writer and director Mel Smith has died, at the age of 60. NAM, The Story of the Vietnam Generation. Like an alcoholic hiding his bottles, I started hiding my Nurofen tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipped them between scripts. He is best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder (1983–1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995). Comedian Mel Smith, celebrated for the long-running sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, has died of a heart attack at the age of 60. You would see him with a bump on his car and he would joke, 'I didn't do it, it must have been the wife. Clyde worked in television around the start of his acting career with a role on "The Pallisers" (PBS, 1976-77). The judge said the "root cause" of Smith's offending was hatred of another woman, Samantha Schofield. Died:20-Jul-2013. 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Partners: Mel with his 'other comedy half' Griff Rhys Jones in TVs 'Smith and Jones in Small Doses', Double trouble: Mel in red and Griff Rhys Jones in green during a drinkers sketch on Not The Nine O'Clock News. We have lost a very, very dear friend." Sexual orientation:Straight. The British comedian - known for the sketch shows … Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed. Race or Ethnicity:White. He was director of embedded device security at IOActive, which has offices in Seattle and London. He died from a heart attack on 19 July 2013. The son of a bookmaker, Smith went to Oxford before beginning his career as an assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre in London, joining Not The Nine O’Clock News in 1979. It came after a long addiction to sleeping pills, which he blamed on work and pain caused by gout. He received a sentence of Life without Parole. I feel truly sad at his parting.’, John Lloyd, producer of Not The Nine O’Clock News, said: ‘Mel did an extraordinary thing – he taught us all how to make comedy natural.’, Comedy duo: Smith and Jones became famous in Not The Nine O'Clock News together. Location of death:London, England. He was taken to hospital days after the show was recorded and said later: ‘My throat specialist feared I had cancer. Atkinson, who was also in the Not The Nine O’Clock News team with Pamela Stephenson, said: ‘Mel Smith – a lovely man of whom I saw too little in his later years. – True Stories. ‘Mel was not a pressure person. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off screen. He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit. It is very sad because he was very young.". But they weren’t friends then — … This is shock to all of us. Mel Smith. ", Kim Wilde, who recorded a Top 10 festive hit with the comic in 1987, tweeted: "Happy memories of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with the late, great Mel Smith. He kept working in film throughout the nineties and the early 2000s, starring in the Helena Bonham Carter comedy adaptation "Women Talking Dirty" (2001) and "Janice Beard" (2002) with Rhys Ifans. Perhaps I should get one. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. ‘It’s frightening how I became hooked on a prescription drug which is freely sold over the counter at any high street chemist,’ he said. Smith died Sunday. Born:3-Dec-1952. We probably enjoyed ourselves far too much, but we had a rollercoaster of a ride along the way. ... Robert Melbourne “Mel” Smith passed away … Malcolm Brown said: "He once entertained us at a drink's party, he was quite a funny man. I spent three weeks in agony in hospital. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. We have lost a very, very dear friend.’. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off screen. Married Life. They were colleagues in one of the most ground-breaking TV shows ever. They reveal the cause of death, death certificate filing state, county and city, deceased's address, family members, siblings, parents, household size, place, and date of birth. The 60-year-old, whose recent frail state had led to fears over his health, had been "unwell" since the incident. But he never took himself or the business too seriously. They wreaked havoc with my insides, eating into my stomach wall. 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