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Morecambe and Wise writer Eddie Braben dies

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May 21, 2013 | 6:53am EDT

Writer Eddie Braben, famed for his work with British comedy duo Morecambe And Wise, has died at the age of 82. Braben passed away on Tuesday morning (21May13) after a short illness, his manager Norma Farnes confirms to the BBC. He began working with legendary comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise in 1969 and was credited with writing light-hearted moments from their real-life friendship into their act. Braben was behind several projects as the pair's long-term writer, including The Morecambe & Wise Show and The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show. During his career, he also collaborated with other British comedians including Ronnie Corbett and Ken Dodd. Braben is survived by his wife Dee and three children. Little Britain star David Walliams has paid tribute to the funnyman in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Thank you so much for the immense joy you brought us all Eddie Braben." The writer's death comes just two days after late stars Morecambe and Wise, who died in 1984 and 1999 respectively, were honoured with a special blue plaque at Teddington Studios in Middlesex, England, where they filmed several of their popular sketches.

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