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Simon Pegg pays tribute to comedian Felix Dexter

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Oct 19, 2013 | 7:06am EDT

British funnymen Simon Pegg and Bill Bailey are leading the tributes to comedian Felix Dexter, who died on Friday (18Oct13). The actor/comic was battling myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, and was said to have been 52 years old at the time of his passing. A host of famous faces have taken to Twitter.com to share their memories of the late Brit, with Shaun of the Dead star Pegg revealing he and Dexter were signed to the same management company. He writes, "Felix Dexter... Very sad to hear news of his passing. Very funny man," while Bailey added, "Very sad news about my old friend Felix Dexter. A brilliant comedian, a superb comic actor, a lovely man I feel privileged to have known." London-born Dexter starred in a string of U.K. TV comedies including The Real McCoy, The Fast Show, Absolutely Fabulous, and Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. He also had a stint performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and appeared onstage in London's famed West End theatre district. Actor/radio DJ Eddie Nestor, a longtime pal of Dexter, says, "It's a sad day. It's a really sad day. I went to see him and we talked and we laughed, and we laughed really hard. This is somebody who's been diagnosed with a terminal illness and you find yourself laughing really hard, belly laughs. We've lost a talented, intelligent, articulate performer who could touch - who could reach out."

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