Ronnie Corbett’s wife has revealed the star had been battling suspected motor neurone disease before he died.

On Tuesday, Corbett went into a coma after his oxygen levels dropped and he was taken to Shirley Oaks Hospital in Croydon where he died on Thursday morning at the age of 85.

Glam rock singer Alice Cooper issued a statement about the loss of Corbett.

“Even Americans know who Ronnie Corbett is. I was fortunate to do a few talk shows with him over the years.”

Stephen Merchant, who worked with Corbett on Extras with Ricky Gervais, also posted a photo joking about his diminutive stature.

Eddie Izzard tweeted: “Very sorry to hear Ronnie Corbett has gone. I feel privileged to have met him and his comedy speaks for itself.”

While Rory Bremner tweeted: “Just heard sad news about Ronnie Corbett. The smallest giant of British Comedy, with the best timing of all. A sweet, lovely man too.”

He told BBC Breakfast, Corbett was the perfect person to work alongside.