Barry Humphries’ family says his death ‘leaves a void in so many lives’

Barry Humphries has died last night on 22 April 2023, following complications from hip surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney  He was 89. He had previously suffered a fall in February.

The family of beloved Dame Edna Everage comedian Barry Humphries have issued a statement announcing he has died aged 89, adding he was “himself until the very end”.

For 89 years, Barry Humphries entertained us through a galaxy of personas, from Dame Edna to Sandy Stone. But the brightest star in that galaxy was always Barry. A great wit, satirist, writer and an absolute one-of-kind, he was both gifted and a gift. May he rest in peace.  –  From Anthony Albanese – Prime Minister

Born John Barry Humphries on 17 February 1934 in Kew, Melbourne, Australia
Died 22 April 2023 (aged 89) in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Alma mater – University of Melbourne
Actor author artist comedian satirist
Brenda Wright – ​(m. 1955; div. 1957)​
Rosalind Tong – ​(m. 1959; div. 1970)​
Diane Millstead – ​(m. 1979; div. 1989)​
Elizabeth Spender ​(m. 1990)​


He had two daughters, Tessa and Emily, and two sons, Oscar and Rupert, to Rosalind Tong and Humphries’ third wife, artist Diane Millstead, is the mother of his two sons, Oscar and Rupert.

Comedy career – Years active 1953–2023
His most notable works and roles were that of Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson and Sandy Stone.

He will be sadly missed.