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The reactions to John Clarke's death

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/04/2017

* "Sad to hear of the death of John Clarke, aka Fredd Dagg. His humour captured the experience of life in NZ and Australia," - New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English

* "John Clarke was more than a satirist. With the keenest eye and wit he understood the very essence of Australia. His satire served a noble purpose. It spoke truth to power. It made our democracy richer and stronger," - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

* "For those that don't know, he was a Kiwi comedy legend. A massive inspiration," - comedian and actor Rhys Darby

* "Hugely influential to me and my mates, he was one of the fathers of NZ's style of comedy. We all copied him at some point," - filmmaker Taika Waititi

* "Stunned to hear of John Clarke's tragic & untimely death. Grew up with Fred Dagg and the Trevs. Genuinely a kiwi icon even after export to Oz," - Labour leader Andrew Little

* "Australia didn't know how lucky they were when they got our Fred Dagg," - NZ First leader Winston Peters

* "RIP John Clarke, all the Trevs will be as gutted as we are," - Te Papa, which holds Fred Dagg's original gumboots

* "Farewell John Clarke. The funniest of men," - National Library of Australia

* "The sharpest, driest wit on Aussie TV. 6:56 on Thursdays will never be the same," - Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten

* "I remember Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits album was always on high rotate on the record player when I was growing up. Thanks for all the laughs and giving us Fred, a true Kiwi gem," - television presenter Hilary Barry

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