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The Amazing Mr Smith dies

Musical comic found at foot of cliffs

Eccentric musical comedian The Amazing Mr Smith has been found dead on a Dorset beach.

A talented guitarist, Derek Smith was known for his array of homemade musical contraptions such as the cardboard tube double bass, the musical shoelaces and the condom harp.

His body was discovered at the foot of cliffs at West Bay on Sunday and an investigation into his death is being carried out. Police believe he fell more than 100ft to his death and are investigating whether it was an accident or suicide.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned and heard that heard Mr Smith, who was 65 and lived nearby in Bridport, died from multiple injuries.

He played both comedy and folk clubs, and toured America five times, as well as appearing in shows in Holland, Germany, Norway and Jordan. A service to celebrate his life will take place at Weymouth Crematorium at 3.15pm next Friday.

Here he is in action:

Published: 13 Dec 2013

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