Poet and broadcaster Clive James dies aged 80

27 November 2019, 16:09

Clive James, London, Nov 2008
Clive James has died at the age of 80. Picture: Getty

By Kate Buck

Poet, broadcaster and critic Clive James has died at the age of 80, his agents have confirmed.

The Australian-born star died at his home in Cambridge on Sunday, and a funeral attended by his close family and friends was held earlier today at Pembroke College.

He has spent the past decade writing about his life and death after being diagnosed with terminal leukaemia, kidney disease and lung disease.

Mr James even at one point famously admitted he felt "embarrassed" to still be alive.

He moved to the UK in 1961, and soon garnered fame as a prominent TV columnist and literary critic.

He has spent the past decade writing about his life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness
He has spent the past decade writing about his life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Picture: PA

Mr James was given his own TV show in the 1980s, Clive James On Television, which saw him introduce strange TV clips from around the globe, most memorably from a Japanese game show called Endurance.

In a statement, United Agents said: "Clive died almost ten years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time.

"He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this 'great, good world'.

"He was grateful to the staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital for their care and kindness, which unexpectedly allowed him so much extra time.

"His family would like to thank the nurses of the Arthur Rank Hospice at Home team for their help in his last days, which allowed him to die peacefully and at home, surrounded by his family and his books."

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