Australian entertainer Barry Humphries, best known for his comic character Dame Edna Everage, has died aged 89.

After experiencing problems following hip surgery in March, the celebrity was being treated in a Sydney hospital. His fall happened in February.

In the 1970s, Humphries’ most well-known creation became popular in the UK, and in the late 1980s, she was given her own TV chat show, the Dame Edna Everage Experience.

In a statement, his family remembered him as “completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit”.

They said Humphries’ fans were “precious to him”, and said his characters, “which brought laughter to millions, will live on”.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute shortly after the news of Humphries’ death broke.

“A great wit, satirist, writer and an absolute one-of-kind, he was both gifted and a gift,” Mr Albanese said.

Melbourne-born Humphries moved to London in 1959, appearing in West End shows such as Maggie May and Oliver!

Inspired by the absurdist, avant-garde art movement Dada, he became a leading figure of the British comedy scene alongside contemporaries like Alan Bennett, Dudley Moore and Spike Milligan.

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