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Tributes pour in as Kath & Kim and SeaChange writer Doug McLeod die at age 62

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Tributes pour in as Kath & Kim and SeaChange writer Doug McLeod die at age 62










Doug McLeod has passed away at the age of 62.

According to TV Tonight, the acclaimed TV writer and author, who has worked on iconic shows such as Kath & Kim and SeaChange, passed away this week in Melbourne.

He had struggled with ill health for years, had a stroke in 2011 and was diagnosed with lupus in 2014.

Loss: Doug McLeod (pictured) has passed away at the age of 62. According to TV Tonight, the acclaimed TV writer and author died this week in Melbourne

The news was announced by The Children’s Book Council of Australia, in a tweet that read: ‘Vale Doug Macleod. CBCA VIC Branch is saddened to learn of the passing of Victorian author Doug Macleod.

“A devastating loss to our community and everyone who loved their job.”

Celebrities followed, with comedian Wendy Harmer writing, ‘Vale, the wonderfully clever comedy writer Doug Macleod.

Star turns: He worked on iconic shows like Kath & Kim (pictured) and SeaChange

Star turns: He worked on iconic shows like Kath & Kim (pictured) and SeaChange

“The iconic shows he worked on as a sketchwriter and editor – The Comedy Company, Fast Forward, Full Frontal, Kath &Kim (and ABC’s SeaChange) changed how we saw ourselves. Condolences and thanks for all the laughter.”

Actress and TV host Julia Zemiro wrote: ‘Vale Doug Macleod. A generous man of words and comedy.’

Quiz host Brydon Coverdale tweeted: “For a time in the 80s and 90s it felt like anything funny on TV or in print in Australia had Doug MacLeod’s name on it.

Celebrities followed, with comedian Wendy Harmer writing: 'Vale, the wonderfully clever comedy writer Doug Macleod'

Celebrities followed, with comedian Wendy Harmer writing: ‘Vale, the wonderfully clever comedy writer Doug Macleod’

“I loved his books as a kid, I remember finding Sister Madge’s Nuns book hilarious. A real talent.’

Doug was the blistering talent behind Australian comedy classics such as The Comedy Company, Big Girls Blouse, Fast Forward, Totally Full Frontal and Col’n Carpenter.

He received the Fred Parsons Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to Australian comedy at the Australian Writers’ Guild Awards in 2008.

Doug leaves behind his family and partner Stephen, and a celebration of his life will be held on December 3.

Star: Doug was the blistering talent behind Australian comedy classics such as The Comedy Company, Big Girls Blouse, Fast Forward, Totally Full Frontal and Col'n Carpenter.  He received the Fred Parsons Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to Australian comedy at the Australian Writers' Guild Awards in 2008

Star: Doug was the blistering talent behind Australian comedy classics such as The Comedy Company, Big Girls Blouse, Fast Forward, Totally Full Frontal and Col’n Carpenter. He received the Fred Parsons Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to Australian comedy at the Australian Writers’ Guild Awards in 2008

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