Comedian and writer Jeremy Hardy dies aged 57

Comedian and writer Jeremy Hardy dies aged 57

February 1, 2019

Comedian Jeremy Hardy has died aged 57 after battling cancer.

The Blackadder Goes Forth and Mock the Week star died earlier today, his rep Amanda Emery confirmed.

In a statement, Ms Emery said the active socialist and author passed away with his daughter Elizabeth Hardy – who he adopted whilst married to Kit Hollerbach – and his film-maker wife, Katie Barlow, by his side.

"Friends and family of comedian Jeremy Hardy are immensely sad to announce that Jeremy died of cancer, early on Friday 1st February," Emery said.

"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 appeared to confirm his diagnosis in a tweet that shocked fans on January 3. 

Tweeting comedian Danny Baker, he wrote, "Danny desperate for you to see this. You’re the best broadcaster in Britain. We both love Julia. Don’t tell Her but I’m dying. Cancer. Docs say anytime. I tried to tweet that I loved your TV show but said something about Peter’s slight vowel slip." 

But he quickly back-tracked and told fans he’d had a fall and tweeted whilst heavily medicated.   

"I am fine.Still tweeting a tiny bit of nonsense from exhaustion," he insisted.

"OK. I’m a clumsy 57. Had a fall but I’m not going in anywhere. Took strong pain relief. Very dopey. Tweeted some nonsense. There," he wrote.

While he didn’t speak openly about his diagnosis, last October he hit back at a troll site that blamed cancer suffers for contracting the disease. 

"My attention has been drawn to a website called that contains the words “you have created a body conducive to cancer”. These patient-blaming, self-proclaimed, complementary medical practitioners are predatory scum," he tweeted.

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.

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