Barry Humphries, creator of Dame Edna Everage, dead at 89

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22 Apr 2023, 6:20 pm

Barry Humphries, creator of Dame Edna Everage, dead at 89

Australian comedy legend Barry Humphries has died, following a recent health battle that left him in “agony” and in and out of hospital.
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April 23, 2023

Legendary Australian comedian Barry Humphries has died at the age of 89.

His family has said he “never lost his brilliant mind” even at the end. While Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has remembered him as the “brightest star in the galaxy” and King Charles said he was “saddened” by the tragic news.

Humphries – famed for iconic comedy characters like Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson – died on Saturday following recent health issues caused by a broken hip.

Just weeks ago, Humphries had spoken of the “ridiculous reason” behind the health ailment that would ultimately claim his life.

His wife Lizzie was at his side as were his daughters Emily and Tessa while his UK based sons Rupert and Oscar flew in to join them. His 10 grandchildren were also present when he passed.

In a statement the Humphries family said he died peacefully at Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital in Darlinghurst, east of the CBD.

“He was completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit,” the statement said.

“With over seventy years on the stage, he was an entertainer to his core, touring up until the last year of his life and planning more shows that will sadly never be.

“His audiences were precious to him, and he never took them for granted.

“Although he may be best remembered for his work in theatre, he was a painter, author, poet, and a collector and lover of Art in all its forms. He was also a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a friend and confidant to many.

“His passing leaves a void in so many lives.

“The characters he created, which brought laughter to millions, will live on.” ... ab4a34b04b


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22 Apr 2023, 8:30 pm

RIP Barry Humphries


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22 Apr 2023, 8:59 pm

Hats off to Dad for introducing me Dame Edna. Cracked me up on nighttime TV in my part of the world.