John Inman, who starred in seventies British comedy series ‘Are You Being Served?’, has died at the age of 71.
The actor died in a London hospital early this morning. According to his manager, Phil Dale, he had been ill for some time with hepatitis A.
Mr Dale said: “John, through his character Mr Humphries of Are You Being Served? was known and loved throughout the world.”
“He was one of the best and finest pantomime dames working to capacity audiences throughout Britain.”
Inman was best known for his role as the camp salesman Mr Humphries in ‘Are You Being Served?’ with the catchphrase “I’m free!”.
He entered into a civil partnership with his long-term partner Ron Lynch in December 2005.
Lynch, who was with Inman for 35 years, is reportedly “devastated” at his death.