BBC News Comic actor and writer Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60, his agent has confirmed. The British comedian - known for the sketch shows Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O'Clock News - died at his home on Friday, Michael Foster said. Smith formed a lasting partnership with co-performer Griff Rhys Jones with whom he set up the independent television company, Talkback Productions. Rhys Jones described his friend of 35 years as a "brilliant actor". In a statement on behalf of his wife, Pam, Mr Foster said: "Mel Smith, comedian and writer, died on Friday aged 60, from a heart attack at his home in north west London." An ambulance was called to Smith's home just after 09:00 BST but he was found dead. I liked him - was sorry to read this. He wasn't that old in today's terms - I wonder if the heat wave played a factor. R.I.P.