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UPDATE 1-Veteran British actor Richard Briers dies aged 79

(Adds details throughout) LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - British actor Richard Briers, best known for the 1970s TV sit-com "The Good Life" but also for his Shakespearean roles, has died at the age of 79, prompting a flood of tributes for "a national treasure". The actor, who spent a lifetime on the stage, had recently spoken publicly of battling a serious lung condition for years, saying that "the ciggies got me" after a lifetime smoking habit.

British actor Richard Briers dies aged 79

British actor Richard Briers, famed for his role in television comedy "The Good Life" and a stalwart in the films of Kenneth Branagh, has died at the age of 79, his agent said Monday. Briers had been battling the serious lung condition emphysema after years of smoking and died "peacefully" at his home in London on Sunday, the agent said.

British actor Richard Briers dies, aged 79

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - British actor Richard Briers, a Shakespearean actor best known in the UK for his role in 1970s TV sit-com "The Good Life", has died at the age of 79. The actor had spoken publicly of battling a serious lung condition for years, saying in a recent interview that "the ciggies got me" in reference to a lifetime smoking habit. His agent said he died on Sunday at his London home. Briers's career ranged from television, to theatre, to film and radio.
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