Writer and broadcaster Clive James dies

Clive James, the acclaimed Australian writer and broadcaster, has died. He was 80 years old.

James passed away on November 24 at his home in Cambridge, in the UK, his family said.

A private funeral attended by close friends and family was held on Wednesday. He had been sick with leukaemia for some time.

"Clive died almost 10 years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time," the family said.

"He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this 'great, good world'."

The Australian writer had lived in the UK since the 1960s.

For many years he wrote regular criticism for The Observer newspaper.  He also released novels and poetry in addition to working as a television and radio broadcaster.

He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and his books.