Sir Norman Wisdom dies aged 95

The actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom has died at the age of 95, his family have confirmed today.

The London-born comedian was famous for his slapstick film roles in the 1950s and 1960s, including the character Norman Pitkin.

He once appeared on stage at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich - then known as The Gaumont - in 1965.

His family said he died “peacefully” at the Abbotswood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man.

In a statement, the family said: “Over the last six months Norman has sustained a series of strokes causing a general decline in both his physical and mental health.

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“He had maintained a degree of independence until a few days ago. However, over the last few days his condition rapidly declined.

“He was in no pain or distress and peacefully passed over at 6.46pm on October 4.”

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The family asked for time to grieve a “much loved father and grandfather”.

Sir Norman appeared in 32 television sitcoms, 19 films and won Royal approval with a string of Command Performances.

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