Nicholas Parsons dies at 96

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The host of BBC Radio's popular Just A Minute, Nicholas Parsons, has died aged 96.

His family issued a statement via his agent, which said: "Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January after a short illness at the age of 96. He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital."

Parsons hosted the radio gameshow, in which comedian contestants had to speak on a subject for 60 seconds without repetitition, deviation or hesitation, since 1967, when the programme was conceived.

He also had a career as an actor on TV and in the theatre. He was recording on the radio until well into his 90s, and became the oldest intermittent broadcaster on BBC radio.