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Ray Galton, writer of Steptoe and Son, dies at 88

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Salka Pai | Updated on: 06 Oct 2018, 11:00:57 PM
Ray Galton, writer of classic British sitcoms, dies at 88 (Photo- Twitter)

New Delhi:

Ray Galton, a comedy writing legend of British sitcom, died after a prolong illness at 88.

“Galton died on Friday evening after a long and heart-breaking battle with dementia,” his family said in a statement on Saturday.

“Ray passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family,” the statement added.

“He (Galton) brought laughter to many millions over 7 decades - and counting,” British Comedy Society tweeted.

With his professional partner Alan Simpson, who died last year, Galton co-wrote the landmark British comedy series- Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son. In 2016, the duo were awarded Bafta’s highest honour, the Fellowship, said the sources.

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According to reports, their film “Steptoe and Son,” a sitcom about father-and-son junk dealers, reigned theatres between 1962 and 1974. Later Producer Norman Lear adapted it into the U.S. sitcom "Sanford and Son,” it said.

The London-born Galton was diagnosed with life-threatening tuberculosis as a teenager. In a Surrey sanatorium, he met another sick teen, Alan Simpson, and the pair became long-term writing partners and make comedy history.

Galton’s manager Tessa Le Bars fondly called them “the fathers and creators of British sitcom.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published : 06 Oct 2018, 10:56:30 PM