Comedian Rory Bremner leads tributes to his "father figure" John Fortune, who died yesterday at the age of 74.
A well-known political satirist, Fortune found fame on Bremner, Bird and Fortune and paying tribute to him Bremner said: "He was, first and foremost a lovely man.
"He was very well read, a very literary man. He was very much a father figure and a mentor to me."
Fortune's agent released a statement yesterday saying: “It is with great sadness that I write of the death of John Fortune this morning.
“He died peacefully with his wife, Emma and dog Grizelle, at his bedside.
“A renowned satirist, early work included contributions to Peter Cook’s Establishment club and more latterly his work with long term collaborators, John Bird and Rory Bremner.
“He is survived by his adored wife, Emma and three children.”
I'm so sorry to let you know that my friend John Fortune died this morning. Lovely man, dear friend, brilliant & fearless satirist.— Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) December 31, 2013
RIP John x pic.twitter.com/6DtBHygDaI— Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) December 31, 2013
Oh how sad John Fortune has died. He was in the first play I was ever in, 40 Years On. Huge influence on the satire boom. Loved parrots too— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 31, 2013