Felix Dexter: Real McCoy Star Dies From Cancer
Real McCoy star Felix Dexter has died at the age of 52 following a battle with multiple myeloma - a type of bone marrow cancer.
He came to prominence in the flagship black comedy and was once named Time Out comedian of the year.
He went on to work in BBC comedies The Fast Show, Absolutely Fabulous and most recently Citizen Khan.
Fellow comedians, colleagues and friends paid tribute to him on Twitter, calling him "one of our British kings of comedy".
Comedian David Baddiel wrote: "Felix Dexter? Doesn't seem possible. Very funny, very gentle man: his death is a real loss to comedy."
Fellow comedian Bill Bailey said: "Very said news about my old friend Felix Dexter. A brilliant comedian, a superb comic actor, a lovely man I feel privileged to have known."
Dexter, who was born in St Kitts in the West Indies and moved to the UK when he was seven, studied law before entering the stand-up circuit.
Later he featured in Have I Got News You and Grumpy Old Men, as well as Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge.
As an actor, he had parts in Casualty and The Bill, and appeared in the West End alongside Christian Slater.