Barry Cryer dead: Comedy stand up legend dies aged 86 – stars pay tribute

Following the devastating news, former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan led heartfelt tributes to the star on Twitter.

He told his 7.9 million followers: “RIP Barry Cryer. Such a warm, funny and talented man.

“A giant of British comedy. Thanks for all the laughs, Barry,” he ended his post.

Gyles Brandreth also paid tribute, revealing that he had last seen the star only recently.

He wrote: “RIP #BarryCryer. Here we are only a few weeks ago. Baz was just the loveliest guy: funny & generous.

“He’d worked with everybody & everybody he worked with liked him.

“I shall miss his happy company so much – & his regular phone calls: he gave you a gem of a joke with each one,” he added.