Alan Simpson, co-creator of Steptoe And Son, dies aged 87

Alan Simpson death

Scriptwriter Alan Simpson, famous for hits including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son, has died at the age of 87 after a long battle with lung disease, his manager has said.

Simpson was famous for his writing partnership with Ray Galton.

His manager Tessa Le Bars said: "Having had the privilege of working with Alan and Ray for over 50 years, the last 40 as agent, business manager and friend, and latterly as Alan's companion and carer, I am deeply saddened to lose Alan after a brave battle with lung disease."