Barrie Humphreys, Australian comedian best known for portraying cocky Dame Edna Everage, has died aged 89
He was best known for creating and portraying characters such as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson on stage and in television.
A West End musical theater performer, author and landscape painter.
Humphreys' persona made him famous around the world, and he also performed in numerous theater productions, films, and television shows.
Barrie Humphreys, widely known for his drag character Dame Edna Everage, died at the age of 89.
"He was completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique intelligence, and generosity of spirit," his family wrote in a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald.
In a tweet, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese praised him as "a great wit, satirist, writer, and of a very different kind."
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the actor was brought to hospital on Wednesday due to complications from hip surgery last month.
Humphreys underwent hip replacement surgery after a fall in February.
Humphreys, who was born in 1934 in Melbourne, Australia, developed the character of housewife Edna Everage in 1955 as a social parody.
Humphreys carried the act to London's West End in the 1970s, where the character appeared in various musicals, TV series, and chat shows.
Humphreys appeared in several West End productions in the 1960s, including "Oliver" and "Maggie Way," before Edna was born.
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