Comedian Mel Smith, known for sketch shows Alas Smith and Jones and Not the Nine O'Clock News, has died of a heart attack, aged 60.

Mr Smith’s agent Michael Foster confirmed his death today on behalf of the actor’s wife Pam, saying: "Mel Smith, comedian and writer, died on Friday aged 60, from a heart attack at his home in north west London."

Some of Mel's friends and colleagues paid tribute to the star on Twitter.

Comedian and author Stephen Fry tweeted: "Terrible news about my old friend Mel Smith, dead today from a heart attack. Mel lived a full life, but was kind, funny & wonderful to know."

Author Kathy Lette wrote: "R.I.P. Mel Smith. Sorry to bring sad and bad news, but apparently he died from heart attack in his sleep."

Writer Irvine Welsh said: "Sad to hear about the death of Mel Smith, who gave me loads of laughs."

Smith was one of the major stars of British comedy in the 1980s and 1990s, moving from acting to production and direction before returning to the stage in recent years.