He said they met for dinner at least three or four times a year to catch up.
"Ronnie had his own style of comedy coming from the TV or theatrical production angle rather than the more modern stand-up comics.
I have lost a close and very dear friend and we have all lost one of the greatest comedians and entertainers this country has known. Ricky Gervais wrote on Twitter: "RIP the lovely, funny legend Ronnie Corbett.
ADVERTISER writer Flicky Harrison remembers when comedian Ronnie Corbett, who has died today aged 85, visited Swindon.
“I chatted to him for the Adver when he came to Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre in 1997 and I remember he was a doting grandad, so proud of his family," said Flicky.