Comedian Andy Smart dies ‘unexpectedly’ as tributes pour in for ‘great’ star

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    Comedian Andy Smart has passed away "unexpectedly" at the age of 63.

    The news was announced on social media today (May 17) by Andy's daughter Grace.

    She wrote: "I'm very sorry to let you all know that dad passed away unexpectedly last night.

    "He had so many friends and such a great life. Raise a glass for him."

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    Following Grace's announcement tributes have already poured in for the comedian who performed with The Comedy Store Players alongside fellow comedian Eddie Izzard.

    Responding to Grace's post on Twitter, Eddie penned: "Very sorry to hear this Grace. Andy was a very funny man and a great improviser. His talent will be missed."

    In addition to this, Comedian and actor Rufus Hound also took to social media to write a heart felt tribute.

    He penned: "Absolutely heartbroken. There will be others that will speak of his talent, but simply one of the great MEN died."

    "A lust for revelry in all forms, there's less light today. Will be drinking to him tonight. What a lad."

    Meanwhile former Mock The Week presenter Dara Ó Briain, wrote: "That is such terrible news, I'm so sorry to hear that.

    "Condolences to Andy's family and friends; he was such a force for joy, and will be sorely missed."

    Before his untimely death, Andy appeared most Sunday nights to perform live improv with the group at The Comedy Store club in Soho, London.

    Taking openly about becoming a Comedy Store Player, Andy previously said: "I was only a guest up until '96, a full player from then. I was lucky because there were quite a few people they could have chosen.

    "I'm very fortunate, really," he added.

    Andy's career started in the mid 80s where he performed as part of a double act called The Vicious Boys with Angelo Abedi.

    The duo went on to achieve great success and won the 1984 Time Out Street Entertainer Award.

    Since the news of his passing fans have also paid tribute online.

    Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "Some of Andy Smart's stories were so amazing I'm surprised he didn't end them with 'Of course I was very, very drunk' like that bloke off the Fast Show!"


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