Jeremy Corbyn just described 5ft tall Ronnie Corbett as a 'giant of British entertainment'

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Entertainer Ronnie Corbett, best known for The Two Ronnies sketch show, in which he appeared alongside the comedian Ronnie Barker for 16 years, has died.

Corbett's publicist said in a statement:

Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.

They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has tweeted a tribute to the comedian and took the rare opportunity to make a joke - and it's actually quite a decent one (if it was deliberate).

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Gentle reminder: Ronnie Corbett was five feet tall.

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However, it was a subject in many of his jokes. Reasonably fitting, if it's intentional. And we really hope it's intentional.

In comparison, David Cameron's words were a little more sombre in tone:

Although it must be said, in reference to the stature of the comedian in the country's heart, both are quite correct.

Corbett was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for his services to charity and the entertainment industry.

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