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 w 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.