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Beloved humorist Loriot dies

Published: 23 Aug 2011 14:17 GMT+02:00

His publishing house Diogenes Verlag said he passed away on Monday due to his advanced age.

Exposing the canard of Germany as a humour-challenged place, Bülow was beloved for his television sketch comedy blending pratfalls with dry wit and was a fixture in German living rooms for decades.

An amiable gentleman of aristocratic heritage with a keen sense of the absurd, Loriot frequently played the pompous fool, often with actress Evelyn Hamann as his foil.

A household name in Germany since the 1950s, Loriot found success in film, theatre, publishing as well as television.

He made his start drawing bulb-nosed cartoon characters, as well as whimsical dog and elephant figures called Wum and Wendelin, which he developed for the ZDF public television programme "The Big Prize."

His comics and satirical prose, published by Diogenes, sold millions in German-speaking Europe, and he scored two box office smashes with movies he wrote and directed - "Ödipussi", about a man with an unhealthy attachment to his mother, and "Pappa ante Portas."

Fans said his sense of the farcical in daily life always managed to touch a nerve.

"I get letters from people all the time who ask how I know what is happening in their lives behind closed doors," the father of two said in a newspaper interview. "For me, laughter is an act of recognising oneself."

Chancellor Angela Merkel called Bülow "a great artist and a wonderful person."

"As a sophisticated observer of everyday life and a subtle humorist, Loriot has long been a classic," she said in a statement. "His work will continue making young and old laugh, and offer a few insights into what makes Germans tick."

Born in 1923 as Bernhard Victor Christoph-Carl von Bülow to a military officer in the Prussian town of Brandenburg on the Havel, he later took Loriot, French for oriole, as his stage name because the bird was his family's ancestral mascot.

He regularly figured near the top of lists of the most popular Germans.

In recent years, he rarely appeared in public, spending most of his time at his villa on Bavaria's Lake Starnberg.

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