Australian comedy legend Barry Humphries has passed away at the age of 89. On Saturday (April 22), Humphries, who was famous for portraying comedic characters like Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, passed away in a hospital accompanied by his family.
The comedian was reportedly brought to a Sydney hospital earlier this week with “serious health problems” after experiencing complications from his recent hip replacement surgery.
A representative from St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney said the performer had passed away on Saturday evening (about 7 p.m. AEST).
A statement from his family read: “He was completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit. With over 70 years on the stage, he was an entertainer to his core, touring up until the last year of his life and planning more shows that will sadly never be.”
Barry Humphries Death Cause
On Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the age of 89, Barry Humphries passed away in St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney due to complications from hip surgery. In February, he had fallen and hurt himself.
Fans & Friends Paid Tribute to Barry Humphries
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was among those to express sorrow at Humphries' passing.
“A great wit, satirist, writer and an absolute one-of-[a]-kind, he was both gifted and a gift,” said Albanese.
Gervais wrote: “Farewell, Barry Humphries, you comedy genius.”
Sir Elton John said: “Barry was the funniest man ever. AND, the sweetest man ever. What a sad day.”