George Jeffrie has died, aged 56.
Best known as a comedy writer with creative partner Bert Tyler-Moore, the pair's credits include writing for Tracey Ullman's Show, Harry & Paul, Big Train, That Mitchell And Webb Look, Smack The Pony, Monkey Dust and more.
Also part of 1990s comedy act Chris & George, Jeffrie died after suffering a sudden heart attack whilst playing tennis on Saturday (19th September). He is survived by his wife, Sally, and 17-year-old daughter, Kate.
Together with Tyler-Moore, Jeffrie also created three television series: Channel 4's Royal Family soap-opera sitcom The Windsors; impressions-based spoof biographical comedy Star Stories; and the 2010 sitcom Pete Versus Life, which starred Rafe Spall.
A joint biography on their agent's website quips: "Bert and George became comedy writers when they realised they could make a career out of their twin hobbies - watching telly and taking the mick."
Their agent said in a statement: "George was a warm, friendly, funny man, enormously well-liked in the TV comedy industry - as the outpouring of grief on social media attests. George died playing tennis with a friend on Saturday afternoon - 5-3 up in the first set - in his local tennis club with the sun shining.
"A funeral service will be held in coming weeks. These Covid-19 times mean numbers are limited, but there will be a huge party to celebrate his life next Summer - and all his friends are invited."
Sanjeev Bhaskar, who worked with George Jeffrie on The Kumars At No. 42, tweeted: "Awfully sad news at losing #GeorgeJeffrie, a lovely, warm darling of a man and of course brilliantly funny. It was always a joy to see him and Bert walk in to The Kumars rehearsal room and to await their joyous contributions #RIP".
Fellow comedy writer Simon Blackwell commented: "George was such a lovely, lovely bloke, and so funny. I worked with him and Bert on The Kumars and it was a joy to go to work. No-one has ever made me laugh so hard. My love and condolences to his family and friends. A horrible loss."
Producer Caroline Norris posted: "George was an absolute joy to work with. He wrote brilliant stuff for me on Tracey Ullman and Armstrong & Miller and was so much fun to have on any team. I adored his work. I am devastated that he's gone. So much love to Bert and to all George's family."