Actor Richard Briers dies aged 79

Richard Briers, best known for his role in 'The Good Life', has died at the age of 79.

Richard Briers was a highly respected stage, film and television actorActor Richard Briers - known to millions for his role in TV's The Good Life - has died at the age of 79.

As well as starring opposite Felicity Kendall in the classic BBC sitcom, Briers appeared in countless TV shows including 'Ever Decreasing Circles' and 'Monarch Of The Glen'. He was also a respected stage actor with a wide range of Shakespearean credits to his name.

Briers recently revealed that he had been battling the lung disease emphysema for a number of years.

In an interview he blamed years of smoking for the condition:  "It's totally my fault. So, I get very breathless, which is a pain in the backside. Trying to get upstairs... oh God, it's ridiculous. Of course, when you're bloody nearly 80 it's depressing, because you've had it anyway.

"I was diagnosed five years ago and didn't think it would go quite as badly as it has. It's a bugger, but there it is. I used to love smoking."

The actor, who died peacefully at his London home yesterday, is survived by his wife Ann Davies and their daughters Lucy and Katie.

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