Iconic broadcaster, Nicholas Parson has been confirmed dead by his agent after a short illness. "Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued by his agent Jean Diamond. "He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital."
Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967. "Very few people have done so much to entertain audiences over the decades, and no-one deserves to be called a broadcasting legend more than Nicholas Parsons," BBC director-general Tony Hall said.
Tributes were paid all over social media with Graham Norton spearheading the homage to the legendary broadcaster. "The sound of the final whistle. Nicholas Parsons was truly the kindest and most generous person I've ever worked with," he wrote. "His continued delight at being a part of showbusiness should be an inspiration to us all! Huge love to his wife Annie and his whole family."
Stephen Fry tweeted: "He ruled Just a Minute for Just a Lifetime. A stunning achievement: never scripted, always immaculate. From comedian's sidekick to great institution, via Sale of the Century and much more. Unrivalled continuity, professionalism and commitment. Farewell, x."