John Cleese: Monty Python star left ‘utterly dismayed’ by tragic ‘out of the blue’ news

“I used to record The Innes Book of Records on C-60s & marvel at his talent. I still hum, ‘I like Cezanne, says Anne’. Sweet dreams.”

Black Mirror star Charlie Brooker shared a video of Nick performing Cheese and Onion with the Rutles.

“Very sad about Neil Innes. The Rutles All You Need Is Cash is a work of genius,” David Baddiel stated.

Adrian Edmondson also said: “Neil Innes – the most-talented-but-least-ambitious man I ever met, a real gent with a beautiful soul. I never had anything but the best of times with him. Gorilla rescued me as a teen and he let me join the band as a middle-aged man. God I loved him. So sad.”