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Rumpole's creator Sir John Mortimer dies aged 85.

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London, Jan 17 (ANI): Dramatist Sir John Mortimer, who created character Rumpole of the Bailey, has passed away following prolonged illness. He was 85.

Sir John, who began working as a barrister in the 1940s, died at his Buckinghamshire home at 6am on Friday.

He had been in poor health for some time, reports the Telegraph.

Sir John's agent, Anthony Jones, said: "He died at home, surrounded by his family. He had been unwell for some time."

Sir John worked as the author of the 1970s television series about Horace Rumpole, a London defence lawyer.

He also penned the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisted. He was knighted in 1998.

In one of his last interviews, given in July 2008, he said: "I drink brandy and soda, and I don't eat a meal without drinking white wine. I've smoked all my life and, although I'd given up a bit, I now force myself to smoke because of the ban." (ANI)

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