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Comedian Andy Smart dies as Eddie Izzard leads tributes

May 17, 2023

Comedian Andy Smart has died “unexpectedly” aged 63, as comedians including Eddie Izzard pay tribute to the talented star.

His daughter Grace confirmed the devastating news on her social media.

She wrote: “I’m very sorry to let you all know that Dad passed away unexpectedly last night.

“He had so many friends and such a great life. Raise a glass for him.”

Andy’s fellow comedy stars have since flocked to social media to pay their respects.

Eddie and another pal Dara O’Briain were among the celebs to share their memories of “force for joy” Andy.

“Very sorry to hear this Grace,” Eddie wrote on social media. “Andy was a very funny man and a great improviser. His talent will be missed.”

While Dara shared: “That is such terrible news, I’m so sorry to hear that.

“Condolences to Andy’s family and friends; he was such a force for joy, and will be sorely missed.”

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Andy was known for performing with improv group The Comedy Store Players, where he guest starred for over 13 years, becoming a permanent member in 1995.

Before joining the Players he was one half of the Vicious Boys with Angelo Abela.

He regularly performed at The Comedy Store in London twice a week up until his death.

Several other comics remembered Andy today, with Milton Jones writing: “Upset to hear this. Few seem to manage to enjoy life both on and off stage as much as he did. Sorry to his closest. I’ll miss his grin.”

Rufus Hound added: “Absolutely heartbroken. There will be others that will speak of his talent, but simply one of the great MEN died. A lust for revelry in all forms, there’s less light today. Will be drinking to him tonight. What a lad.”

Andy is survived by his wife, actress Victoria Willing, and their daughter Grace.

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