Comedian Jeremy Hardy has died aged 57 after battling esophageal cancer. The Blackadder Goes Forth and Mock the Week star died earlier today, his rep Amanda Emery confirmed.
In a statement, Ms Emery said: “Friends and family of comedian Jeremy Hardy are immensely sad to announce that Jeremy died of cancer, early on Friday 1st February.
“He was with his wife and daughter as he died.
“He retained to the end the principles that guided his life; trying to make the world more humane, and to be wonderfully funny.
“He will be enormously missed by so many, who were inspired by him and who laughed with him.
“A fitting memorial will take place, details to be announced soon.”
He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Hardy, who he adopted whilst married to Kit Hollerbach, and his wife, Katie Barlow.
Born in Farborough, Hampshire, in 1961, he started his career as a stand-up comedian and won the coveted Perrier Award in 1988 and best live act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991.
His TV debut came in 1986 when he starred in Now – Something Else.
He went on to play Corporal Perkins in an episode of Blackadder Goes Forth in 1989 Having studied history and politics at the University of Southampton, the life-long socialist wrote at length about social politics for publications including The Guardian and ES Magazine.
The QI comedian was good friends with and a staunch supporter of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, and an advocate for the rights of Palestinians.
He travelled to the West Bank in 2002 to film documentary, Jeremy Hardy vs the Isreli Army.
Not all of his views were popular, and in 2004 Burnley Council cancelled one of his performances after he said that members and supporters of the British National Party (BNP) should be shot.