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British Comedy Legend Sullivan Dies

23 April 2011 7:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beloved British comedy writer John Sullivan has died at the age of 64.

The scriptwriter, most famous for creating popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses, passed away on Saturday following a brief illness. No more details were available as WENN went to press.

Sullivan's most famous show, starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, ran between 1981 until 2003 and spawned two spin-off series, The Green Green Grass, and his most recent work, Rock & Chips, the third episode of which is due to debut in Britain on Thursday.

He also famously created Only Fools and Horses' theme tune and was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for services to drama.

Funnyman Stephen Fry led tributes, writing in a post on, "Terribly saddened to hear that John Sullivan, one of the great comedy writers of our time, has died. Deepest sympathy to all his family."

A statement form BBC Director General Mark Thompson reads, "John created some of the U.K.'s most-loved comedies, from Only Fools and Horses to his most recent work, Rock & Chips. He had a unique gift for turning everyday life and characters we all know into unforgettable comedy.

"His work will live on for years to come. We will miss him and we send our condolences to his family." »

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