‘An absolute original’: Ricky Gervais leads tributes to The Office star

Actor and comedian Ewen MacIntosh, best known for playing Keith in The Office, has died at the age of 50.

JustRight Management confirmed his death in a statement shared on social media, saying: “With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved comedy genius Ewen MacIntosh.

“His family thank all who supported him, especially Willow Green Care Home.”

The Office star and creator, Ricky Gervais, also shared a tribute on X, writing: “Extremely sad news. The very funny and very lovely Ewen Macintosh, known to many as ‘Big Keith’ from The Office, has passed away.

“An absolute original. RIP.”

The Office podcast Out Of Office also shared a message, saying MacIntosh would “always be fondly remembered firstly as a great guy, but also as a key part of the greatest British sitcom of all time. An excellent legacy to leave. RIP.”

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