16 Apr 2009

Writer and former MP Clement Freud dies

10:16 pm on 16 April 2009

British writer, broadcaster and former parliamentarian Clement Freud, the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, has died at his home in London, his family says. He was 84.

Freud, who was born in Germany in 1924, led a rich and varied life, ultimately becoming a popular commentator and guest on radio and television, but also finding time in a long career to be elected to parliament and to have been a celebrity chef.

He died at home on Wednesday evening, the BBC reported, without identifying the cause of death.

Freud had a droll, dead-pan delivery on radio that endeared him to audiences across generations. He appeared on the BBC panel game Just a Minute for more than 30 years, entertaining with his dry, witty delivery.

He was elected as a Liberal MP in 1973 and served for nearly 14 years, although he at first struggled for acceptance in the cliquey and clubby world of politics.

Freud, the brother of artist Lucian Freud, is survived by his wife and five

children, several of whom are involved in the media and the arts, and 17 grandchildren.