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Tony Hendra dead: This Is Spinal Tap star dies aged 79


Tony Hendra has died from Lou Gehrig’s disease after being diagnosed last year. His wife Carla Hendra confirmed his death to the The New York Times. The British humorist was best known as the This is Spinal Tap manager who shrunk Stonehenge.

He was also head writer and co-producer of the first six shows of the long-running British satirical television series Spitting Image in 1984.

He, Jon Blair and John Lloyd were nominated for a British Academy Award for the show a year later.

The satirist also penned skits for the comedy series That Was The Week That Was and for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark.

Tony had been battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, since 2019.

It is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.

In 1985, Tony and his first wife Judith, who he shares two daughters with, divorced after 21 years married.

He married his second wife Carla in 1986. They have three children together.

Tributes have flooded in for the late star on social media today.

Rob Reiner wrote: “Tony Hendra who played Spinal Tap’s manager, Ian, has sadly passed away.

“A brilliant satirist who when learning that the band’s Boston gig had been canceled, told them not to worry that Boston wasn’t a big college town. R.I.P.”

Michael McKean commented: “RIP Tony Hendra.”

Cary Elwes penned: “RIP Tony Hendra. He was a great talent and best manager Spinal Tap could’ve hoped for!.”

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