Clive James died at his home in Cambridge on Sunday 24th November, it’s been announced The Australian-born author, critic, broadcaster and poet died “peacefully” surrounded his family and his books United Agents released the following statement on Twitter: “Clive James, poet, critic and broadcaster, died at his home in Cambridge on Sunday 24th November 2019 “A private funeral attended by family and close friends took place in the chapel at Pembroke College, Cambridge on Wednesday 27th November “Clive died almost ten years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time “He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this ‘great, good world ’” The statement continued: “He was grateful to the staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for their care and kindness, which unexpectedly allowed him so much extra time “His family would like to thank the nurses of the Arthur Rank Hospice at Home team for their help in his last days, which allowed him to die peacefully and at home, surrounded by his family and his books ” Piers Morgan has paid tribute to the author on Twitter, writing: “RIP Clive James, 80 A brilliantly funny man.” Other fans paid tribute on Twitter, with one posting: “RIP #CliveJames Such a comedy genius and a huge influence on many, including myself. Sad, sad day ” One Twitter user referenced the deaths of other celebrities today including chef Gary Rhodes and theatre director Jonathan Miller, writing: “#GaryRhodes #jonathanmiller and now #CliveJames what sad day Three legends in their fields. #DayOfRIP.” Another said: “Clive James’s witty and astute observations have been making me laugh for most of my life The world is a poorer place without his contributions. #RIPClive.” Clive was born Vivian Leopold James in suburb of Sydney, Australia wand went on to change his name to Clive as a child because Vivian was seen as a girl’s name The star was brought up by his mother after his father died in a plane crash when he was returning to Australia after being taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II In 1962, Clive moved to England and went on to become the television critic for The Observer in 1972 where he remained for 10 years He also published several books of poetry and released his first autobiography in 1980, going on to publish a further four novels Clive subsequently hosted the ITV show Clive James on Television, in which he showcased amusing television programmes from around the world In 2007, he started presenting the Radio 4 series A Point of View. Trending READ MORE Clive James dead: How did he die? What was the cause of his death? In 2011, Clive confirmed he was suffering from B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia and had been in treatment for 15 months at Addenbrooke’s Hospital The following year, he admitted the disease “had beaten him” and he was “near the end” He also said he was diagnosed with emphysema and kidney failure in early 2010.