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Writer, broadcaster and satirist Victor Lewis-Smith has died aged 65 after a short illness.
A statement issued by the Borkowski PR agency said he died on Saturday in Bruges, Belgium.
Outside of a career in TV production, Lewis-Smith was known for his surreal style of comedy and for targeting high-profile figures such as Diana, Princess of Wales.
His other targets included Harrods department store and the Jim Will Fix It TV series, and his calls, often broadcast as part of his radio show, would be cited by comics including Sacha Baron Cohen as inspiration.
Born in Essex, he began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio Medway before studying music at the University of York in the late 1970s.
After presenting for Radio York, he moved to Radio 4 where he was a staff producer for Midweek and Start the Week during the mid-1980s.
He brought his anarchic style to the long-running show Loose Ends.
Lewis-Smith left the BBC to pursue a career as a print journalist, working as chief television critic for the London Evening Standard for over 15 years and as a columnist for the Daily Mirror for a decade. Worked in
He also served as restaurant critic for Harpers & Queen and spent 30 years contributing to Private Eye.
In 1996, Lewis-Smith posed as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, using the same electronic voice technology as the professor, to spoof Diana.
His candid conversations covering the now-King and Clinton family were released in their entirety in 2015 after being held in secret for two decades.
His television production company, Associated Rediffusion Productions, has been behind a number of programs for Channel 4 including TV Offal (1997–1998) and Keith Meets with stand-up Keith Allen.
Their final production, Hitler Jazz Band, will be broadcast by Sky Arts on Wednesday 14 December at 9pm.
He is survived by his wife Virginia and daughter Lucia.
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