Showcasing his defiant spirit, Humphries said: “I have to get back on my feet. I’m going back on tour later this year.”

Having first created the character of Dame Edna Everage back in 1955, the comedian has featured in numerous TV productions as the sassy, sharp-witted housewife.

What some fans may not know is that the grandfather was the voice artist for numerous children films, including Wombo in Blinky Bill, and Bruce in Finding Nemo.

After suffering from hip surgery complications, Humphries returned to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, where he passed away surrounded by visiting family members.


The NHS says older adults are more vulnerable to falls as they are more likely to have balance problems, muscle weakness, vision loss, and a long-term health condition.

Falls are more likely if:

  • Floors are wet, such as in the bathroom, or recently polished
  • The lighting in the room is dim
  • Rugs or carpets are not properly secured
  • The person reaches for storage areas, such as a cupboard, or is going downstairs
  • The person is rushing to get to the toilet during the day or at night.

Age UK has some top tips to help prevent a fall in older age which, otherwise, could lead to dire consequences.

One of the key measures against a fall is to exercise frequently to improve muscle strength, improve posture, co-ordination and balance.

Another tip is to “make sure you’re eating well” in order to keep up your strength.

Moreover, the charity advises older adults to keep hydrated, to look after their vision and hearing, and to support their bone health by eating calcium-rich foods.

Barry Humphries at the BBC is showcasing on Sunday, May 28 at 9pm.

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