Reports are appearing that UK comedy star and latter day Harry Potter player Eric Sykes has passed away at the age of 89.
Sykes is perhaps best loved at Bleeding Cool for his contributions to The Goons, his collaborations with Hattie Jacques and Johnny Speight, and his appearance in Son of Rambow, just a few years ago.
And then there was this. The Plank.
I knew and loved Sykes before I knew and loved Buster Keaton, and The Plank will always part of my movie-watching DNA, alongside Sykes' other superb short, Rhubarb, and its remake Rhubarb Rhubarb.
Thanks Eric, and goodbye.