Comedian Jon Gadsbys farewelled in Christchurch

Jon Gadsby
Jon Gadsby

The funeral of legendary comedian Jon Gadsby was held this morning in Christchurch.

The 62-year-old died over the weekend from a brain tumour after a short battle with cancer.

He is well-known for his television work with David McPhail, including the shows McPhail and Gadsby, A Week of It and Letter to Blanchy.

Tributes were flowing for Mr Gadsby after the wider New Zealand public learned of the news. This included a tribute from former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark who tweeted "RIP NZ writer & comedian Jon Gadsby: McPhail and Gadsby 1 of best Kiwi TV satirical series ever. Sincere condolences".

His funeral was held at Lamb and Hayward in Burnside, and was one-and-a-half hours long.

There were smiles and tears as a big turnout of family and friends cherished memories of someone who spent his life making people laugh.

The eulogy was given by his son David and words of remembrance by Mr McPhail, friends, family and his daughter.

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