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

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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."