Barry Humphries was making people smile for almost nine decades, and that didn’t change in the last few months of his life.
In the last known photos of the much-love d comedian, who died on Saturday (April 22), he brought joy to two fans as he stopped for selfies.
Wearing his famous cheeky grin, the Melbourne-born was in high spirits as he hugged two Women (Women apparel Here), then standing in the middle and placing an arm around them both.
The Dame Edna Everage creator was barefoot and sported salmon-pink chinos and a striped shirt, enjoying a day out in the sunshine.
Taken and shared on Instagram in December 2022, these snaps captured his last public appearance, which we know of.
Humphries’ death comes after a stay in hospital in Sydney, Australia, where he was being treated after suffering complications from hip surgery.
His family shared a heartfelt statement.
‘He was completely himself until the very end, never losing his brilliant mind, his unique wit and generosity of spirit.
‘With over 70 years on the stage, he was an entertainer to his core, touring up until the last year of his life and planning more shows that will sadly never be.
‘His audiences were precious to him, and he never took them for granted.’
They added: ‘Although he may be best remembered for his work in theatre, he was a painter, author, poet, and a collector and love r of a rt in all its forms.
‘He was also a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a friend and confidant to many. His passing leaves a void in so many lives.’
The statement concluded: ‘The characters he created, which brought laughter to millions, will live on.’
Tributes have flooded in for the comedy legend, with the likes of Rob Brydon sharing a sweet anecdote about how he was making him laugh just days ago.
The Welsh Gavin & Stacey star and friend of Humphries was with him three days before he died, sharing a picture on Twitter to honour him.
‘RIP Barry Humphries. A true great who inspired me immeasurably,’ he wrote.
‘It was a delight to call him my friend. I’ve been in Australia and was with him only 3 days ago. He was, as ever, making me laugh.’
‘His talent shone until the very end,’ he added.
‘My love goes out to Lizzie and all the family.’
Ricky Gervais, Matt Lucas, Carol Vorderman, Kate Beckinsale, and more have also paid tribute to the ‘comedy genius’, while fans have shared their own fond memories.
Humphries is survived by his fourth wife, Lizzie Spender, and his four children.
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First appear at Barry Humphries all smiles as he delighted fans with selfies in last known pictures before his death