Former Latymer Upper Schoolmates Pay Tribute to Mel Smith
Fellow Latymerians share memories after comic's suddent death
Latymer Upper School staff and former schoolmates have been paying tribute to comedian Mel Smith, who died on Saturday July 20 at the age of 60 from a heart attack.
Mel Smith with comedy partner Griff Rhys-Jones
Born in Chiswick on December 3, 1952 over a fish and chip shop, Mel Smith went to school at Hogarth Primary School and then attended Latymer Upper in Hammersmith's King Street until 1971, where friends say he first took to the stage starring in school shows and plays.
The tributes were led by the school's current head David Goodhew
Fellow Latymer Upper alumni, who call themselves Latymerians, followed with their own memories. Edward Latymer @edward-latymer, the official profile for all alumni, tweeted a collective message: Very sad news about Mel Smith (1971), our thoughts are with his family & friends.
Others tweeted their own personal thoughts:
Perhaps most poignant was this message from
Other tweets provided revealing details about Mel Smith's connections to the school.
Journalist and author Peter Popham
And from Daily Telegraph columnist Richard Eden
July 22, 2013