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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 December 2006, 22:50 GMT
In Pictures: Notable English deaths 2006

Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd

The BBC News website pays tribute to some of the famous English people who died in 2006. Syd Barrett, founder member of rock group Pink Floyd, died in July at the age of 60.

Paul Hunter and (inset) John Spencer

Snooker star Paul Hunter was just 27 when he died from stomach cancer in October. John Spencer, the first player to win the World Championship at the Crucible, also died in 2006.

Linda Smith

Comedienne Linda Smith, who passed away aged 48, was a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, appearing in shows such as The News Quiz, Just A Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Jack Wild

Actor Jack Wild, who achieved fame as a child star for his portrayal of the Artful Dodger in the film Oliver!, died aged 53 after a long battle with cancer of the mouth.

Fred Trueman

Legendary former Yorkshire and England cricketer Fred Trueman, who in 1964 became the first bowler to take 300 test wickets, died aged 75 in July.

John Profumo and Tony Banks

John Profumo, a Conservative MP best known for the scandal which caused his resignation from the Cabinet, and Tony Banks, Labour's former sports minister, both died in 2006.

Charlie Williams, pictured with then Prime Minister Harold Wilson

Charlie Williams, who died at 78, was the first black comedian to achieve fame on UK television. Performers such as Gary Wilmot and Lenny Henry described him as an inspiration.

Ron Greenwood (main picture) and (from top) John Lyall, Peter Osgood and Brian Labone

Ex-England football manager Ron Greenwood, shown carrying the FA Cup home, died at 84. Ex-West Ham boss John Lyall, Chelsea's Peter Osgood and Everton's Brian Labone also died.

Lynne Perrie

Former Coronation Street actress Lynne Perrie, who played Ivy Tilsley in the ITV soap opera from 1971 to 1994, died in March at the age of 75.

Sir Malcolm Arnold

Composer Sir Malcolm Arnold died aged 84 in September. He won an Oscar for the musical score to the film Bridge on the River Kwai in 1958 and composed 132 film scores in total.

Freddie Laker

Charter airline pioneer Freddie Laker, who died aged 83, was credited with inventing budget air travel when Laker Airways offered London to New York tickets for 118 in the 1970s.

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