Tributes paid to Jeremy Hardy as award-winning comedian loses cancer battle

Award-winning comedian and social justice campaigner Jeremy Hardy has died aged 57.

He was famed for appearances on satirical TV show Mock the Week and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

The dad of one lost his battle with cancer and passed away with his wife and daughter at his bedside.

Jeremy Hardy and Jack Dee during a nurses campaign for the Daily Mirror


Pointless host comic Richard Osman said: “I was very lucky to work with Jeremy early in my career. Every day was a masterclass, a privilege.

“He was so naturally and brilliantly funny, and a man who chose to use his comedy to change the world, rather than to fill stadia. A very sad day. RIP Jeremy.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who counted the star as “dear, lifelong friend”, said: “He always gave his all for everyone else and the campaigns for social justice.

“You made us all smile. You made us all think.”

Born in Farnborough, Hampshire, Jeremy started work as a scriptwriter before his stand-up career.

He won the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1988, and in 1991 Jeremy was named Best Live Act at the British Comedy Awards.

He leaves behind wife Katie and daughter Elizabeth, known as Betty.

Radio 4 praised Jeremy as “one of the funniest people around”, adding: “Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved him.”

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Comedian Jack Dee said: “Jeremy was groundbreakingly brilliant, off-the-register funny, compassionate and caring. So privileged to have counted him as a dear friend. My love goes out to Katie and Betty and all his family.”

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell echoed Mr Corbyn’s tribute.

He said: “Whenever the call for solidarity went out, Jeremy courageously supported campaigns for social justice”.

Pointless host Richard Osman said he was very lucky to work with Jeremy Hardy

Confirming Jeremy’s death, the star’s publicist Amanda Emery said: “He retained to the end the principles that guided his life, trying to make the world more humane, and to be wonderfully funny.”

She added details would soon be announced for a “fitting mem­­orial”.


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