Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons has died aged 96

Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons has died aged 96

Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons has died aged 96 after a short illness, his agent has said.

The broadcaster was with his family when he died on Tuesday morning.

His agent Jean Diamond issued a statement on behalf of his family, saying: "Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January after a short illness at the age of 96.

"He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital."

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British television personality and radio presenter Nicholas Parsons, pictured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where he talked about his long career in the entertainment business. The three-week event is the world's biggest literary festival and is held during the annual Edinburgh Festival. The 2010 event featured talks and presentations by more than 500 authors from around the world. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)
Nicholas Parsons, TV Presenter and actor, pictured on a roof top, 17th May 1994. (Photo by Derry/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Three of television's top quizmasters will be facing the questions in a special celebrity edition of Anglia's 'Sale of the Century'. The three facing the questions are Nicholas Parsons, Tom O'Connor and Derek Batey. Firing the questions is Steve Jones. They're hoping to win as many prizes as they can for their favourite charity. 10th December 1980. (Photo by Peter Case/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Three of television's top quizmasters will be facing the questions in a special celebrity edition of Anglia's 'Sale of the Century'. The three facing the questions are Nicholas Parsons, Tom O'Connor and Derek Batey. Firing the questions is Steve Jones. They're hoping to win as many prizes as they can for their favourite charity. 10th December 1980. (Photo by Peter Case/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
May 1965: British light entertainer Nicholas Parsons and his wife Denise Bryer with their children Suzy and Justin at their Hampstead home. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
TV Personality Nicholas Parsons and daughter Zuleika, 25th February 1960. (Photo by Arthur Sidey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
May 1965: British light entertainer Nicholas Parsons with his children Suzy and Justin at their Hampstead home. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Actress Barbara Windsor, Nicholas Parsons (TV personality) and Roland Rat outside the Churchill Theatre, London for a photocall for 'Babes in the Wood' on 12th May 1988; 30256; (Photo by Monitor Picture Library/Photoshot/Getty Images)
3rd January 1961: British light entertainer Nicholas Parsons and his wife Denise Bryer with their baby son Hugh Justin. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
Portrait of broadcaster Nicholas Parsons with a checkered flag and a stop clock, photographed for Radio Times in connection with the BBC Radio 4 program 'Just a Minute', May 29th 1984. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Television personality Nicholas Parsons pictured at his Hampstead Cottage, 19th December 1978. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Nicholas Parsons, TV Presenter and actor. 7th June 1989. (Photo by Bass/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
27th December 1967: British light entertainer Nicholas Parsons with Securicor guards after a threat to kidnap him. (Photo by Michael Stroud/Express/Getty Images)
Television personality Nicholas Parsons pictured at his Hampstead Cottage, 19th December 1978. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Nicholas Parsons celebrates his birthday as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends a reception hosted by Gyles Brandreth, President of the Oscar Wilde Society, to mark the anniversary of the author's birth at the Grosvenor House London on October 15, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall celebrates the birthday of Nicholas Parsons (R) as she attends a reception hosted by Gyles Brandreth, President of the Oscar Wilde Society, to mark the anniversary of the author's birth at the Grosvenor House London on October 15, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Nicholas Parsons (left) and Denise Bryer attend Virgin Media's 42nd Broadcasting Press Guild Awards at Banking Hall in London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Nicholas Parsons attends the 2019 'The Oldie of the Year Awards' held at Simpson's In The Strand on January 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Nicholas Parsons attends Virgin Media's 42nd Broadcasting Press Guild Awards at Banking Hall in London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
British television personality and radio presenter Nicholas Parsons, pictured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where he talked about his long career in the entertainment business. The three-week event is the world's biggest literary festival and is held during the annual Edinburgh Festival. The 2010 event featured talks and presentations by more than 500 authors from around the world. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Nicholas Parsons with his wife Ann Reynolds attend the 2019 'The Oldie of the Year Awards' held at Simpson's In The Strand on January 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/01/16: Nicholas Parsons at the Totem by Cirque du Soleil Press Night at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Nicholas Parsons attends the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester on September 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Nicholas Parsons and Ann Reynolds attend a memorial service for comedian Ronnie Corbett at Westminster Abbey on June 7, 2017 in London, England. Corbett died in March 2016 at the age of 85. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
OXFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Nicholas Parsons, entertainer and broadcaster, at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival on March 31, 2017 in Oxford, England. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Entertainer Nicholas Parsons with his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal given to him by Queen Elizabeth II at an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on April 15, 2014 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 28: Nicholas Parsons at Claridges hotel ballroom on January 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Christopher Biggins, Nicholas Parsons and Tony Blackburn attend Nicholas Parsons 90th birthday party at the Churchill Hotel on October 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
British television personality and radio presenter Nicholas Parsons, pictured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where he talked about his long career in the entertainment business. The three-week event is the world's biggest literary festival and is held during the annual Edinburgh Festival. The 2010 event featured talks and presentations by more than 500 authors from around the world. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)
Nicholas Parsons at a lunch to celebrate the life of the late actor Sir John Mills at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London, on Sunday April 9,2006. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II chats with guests at the ITV 50th Anniversary celebration, including Nicholas Parsons, Lynda Bellingham and Harry Hill on Thursday October 13, 2005. (Photo by Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage)
Nicholas Parsons, TV Presenter and actor, preparing for a tandem skydive, 17th September 1991. (Photo by Brian Randle/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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Parsons was best known for Just A Minute, where panellists have to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition.

He first fronted the show on its inception in 1967.

The broadcaster missed a recording of the BBC Radio 4 show for only the second time in more than 50 years last summer, due to a bad back.

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