Comedy world pays tribute as John Fortune dies, aged 74
Comedian Rory Bremner yesterday led tributes to his "father figure" John Fortune, who has died at the age of 74.
Mr Fortune -- who found fame on 'Bremner, Bird and Fortune' -- died peacefully after being ill for "quite a while".
Mr Bremner said: "He was, first and foremost, a lovely man. He was very well read, a very literary man. "He was very much a father figure and a mentor to me."
Mr Fortune's agent Vivienne Clore said the veteran satire comic died with his wife, Emma, and dog, Grizelle, at his bedside.
She said: "It is with great sadness that I write of the death of John Fortune aged 74."
Mr Fortune, who recently suffered a stroke, met his comedy partner John Bird in the 1960s when they were at Cambridge. The pair became household names for The Long Johns sketches in which the double-act made witty characterisations of bumbling politicians, military figures and businessmen.