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Broadcaster Alan Whicker dies

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Jul 12, 2013 | 9:06am EDT

Revered British broadcaster Alan Whicker has died at the age of 87. The journalist and TV presenter passed away at his home in Jersey in the early hours of Friday morning (12Jul13) after a battle with bronchial pneumonia. Whicker began his career in the 1940s and joined the BBC in 1957. He is perhaps best known for his social-interest documentary series Whicker's World, which ran from 1959 to 1988 and earned him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in 1964. The star interviewed a number of famous faces including Peter Sellers, Joan Collins and Sir Christopher Lee. In 2005, Whicker was handed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal for services to broadcasting. British actor Stephen Fry was among the first to pay tribute to Whicker, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Sad news about Alan Whicker," while Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp adds, "RIP Alan Whicker, inspirational, the man who introduced me to the world.... And so cool! Thank you!"

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