Veteran broadcaster Clive James dies

Clive James

Critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80.

The Australian-born star of The Clive James Show was diagnosed with leukaemia, kidney failure and lung disease almost 10 years ago.

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OXFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: Author, critic and TV presenter Clive James poses for a portrait at the annual "Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival" held at the Oxford Union March 28, 2004 in Oxford, England. James' latest book is titled, "Even as We Speak." (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
Clive James outside his home in Bermondsey, London.
File photo dated 24/04/97 of presenter Clive James arriving at the Royal Albert Hall for the BAFTA award ceremony. Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80, his agents have said.
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Clive James and Emma Thompson help launch BBC1's £62 million line up of programmes.
File photo dated 21/06/96 of Liza Minnelli with interviewer Clive James for the recording of the Clive James Show. Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80, his agents have said.
File photo dated 18/06/99 of (standing, left to right) racing driver Damon Hill, Anthony Edwards, star of medical TV soap ER, and Lily Savage, with presenter Clive James before a recording of his chat show 'Monday Night Clive'. Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80, his agents have said.
File photo dated 27/06/99 of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones meeting Clive James for "Monday Night James" in London. Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80, his agents have said.
File photo dated 19/02/02 of Clive James at his home in Bermondsey, London. Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80, his agents have said.
TV presenter Clive James (left) and Star Wars actor Liam Neeson after recording Carlton TV's Monday Night Clive in London. * for broadcast on Monday 19 July 1999.
PA NEWS PHOTO 28/10/98 TV PRESENTER CLIVE JAMES AND MUPPET MISS PIGGY ON STAGE AT THE PRINCE'S TRUST COMEDY GALA AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE IN LONDON. THE EVENT WAS TO MARK THE PRINCE OF WALES'S 50TH BIRTHDAY (14/11/98).
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Australian broadcaster Clive James with model Jerry Hall. They will be reviewing the decade's events on New Year's Eve on BBC1.
Clive James in the BBC TV series Postcard from Miami.
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He died at home in Cambridge on November 24 and a private funeral attended by family and close friends took place in the chapel at Pembroke College, Cambridge on Wednesday.

A statement on behalf of his family, released by his agents, said: "Clive died almost ten years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time.

"He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this 'great, good world'.

"He was grateful to the staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital for their care and kindness, which unexpectedly allowed him so much extra time. His family would like to thank the nurses of the Arthur Rank Hospice at Home team for their help in his last days, which allowed him to die peacefully and at home, surrounded by his family and his books."

James first revealed the news of his illness in May 2011, when he had already been ill for 15 months – when he wrote to The Australian Literary Review to explain why he could not write for them.

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