Comedian Andy Smart from The Comedy Store dies 'unexpectedly' aged 63

Comedian Andy Smart dies ‘unexpectedly’ aged 63: Funny man who performed with improv group The Comedy Store Players passes away – as Eddie Izzard leads tributes

Comedian Andy Smart has ‘unexpectedly’ died at the age of 63.

Mr Smart’s daughter Grace announced the tragic death of her father on social media this afternoon, writing: ‘I’m very sorry to let you all know that dad passed away unexpectedly last night.

‘He had so many friends and such a great life. Raise a glass for him.’

Tributes have already poured in for the comedian who performed with The Comedy Store Players, including from fellow comic Eddie Izzard.

Responding to Grace’s post on Twitter, Izzard wrote: ‘Very sorry to hear this Grace. Andy was a very funny man and a great improviser. His talent will be missed.’

Comedian Andy Smart (pictured) has ‘unexpectedly’ died at the age of 63

Fellow comic Eddie Izzard paid tribute to Mr Smart on Twitter this afternoon

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound paid homage to comedian Andy Smart on Twitter

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound also paid homage to Mr Smart, saying he will be ‘drinking to him tonight’.

He wrote: ‘Absolutely heartbroken. There will be others that will speak of his talent, but simply one of the great MEN died.

‘A lust for revelry in all forms, there’s less light today. Will be drinking to him tonight. What a lad.’

Until his death, Mr Smart appeared most Sunday nights to perform improv with the group at The Comedy Store club in Soho, London.

Former Mock The Week presenter Dara Ó Briain, wrote: ‘That is such terrible news, I’m so sorry to hear that.

‘Condolences to Andy’s family and friends; he was such a force for joy, and will be sorely missed.’

The Comedy Store Players celebrate their fifteenth birthday at the comedy store in October 2000. Pictured left to right: Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart and Josie Lawrence

Musician Kirsty Newman, who on Sunday played piano for a Comedy Store Players show that Mr Smart performed at and was due to perform with him again this August, also paid tribute to her colleague, saying she was ‘heartbroken’ by his death.

Ms Newman wrote: ‘So loved. So brilliant. So full of joy & nobody lived life more to the full.

‘He was on top form on Sunday & I can’t believe it. All my love to all his loved ones. Just heartbroken xxx’.

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