Tim Brooke-Taylor, best known for his roles in classic sketch show 'The Goodies' and TV series such as 'Heartbeat', 'The Kenny Everett Show' and 'Me and My Girl', has passed away at the age of 79.

The comedian was previously a member of the Cambridge Footlights, and shared the stage following college with members of the Monty Python troupe, specifically John Cleese, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman.

Brooke-Taylor is best known for 'The Goodies', an anarchic mixture of sketch show and sitcom that saw him star alongside Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden. The show, which was an international hit, ran from 1970 to 1982 and inspired countless comedians, such as David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Stephen Fry, and many more.

Indeed, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, David Mitchell, and Rob Brydon led tributes to Brooke-Taylor's legacy on social media earlier today.

The comedian passed away following a diagnosis of COVID-19, and is survived by his wife Christine and sons Ben and Edward.