Comic actor Sir Norman Wisdom dies aged 95

London: Comic actor Sir Norman Wisdom (95), who suffered a series of strokes over the past six months, died at a nursing home on the Isle of Man on Monday evening, confirms his son.

The London-born star was known for his slapstick film roles in the 1950s and 1960s, famously playing Norman Pitkin against frustrated boss Mr Grimsdale.

Sir Norman became a cult figure in Albania, where his were the only films from the West allowed in the country.

"Sir Norman Wisdom has today passed away at Abbotswood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man,” a news channel quoted a statement as saying.

"Over the last six months Norman has sustained a series of strokes causing a general decline in both his physical and mental health”.

"He had maintained a degree of independence until a few days ago. However, over the last few days his condition rapidly declined”.

“He was in no pain or distress and peacefully passed over at 1846 on 4 October," the statement added.

The family asked for time to grieve a "much loved father and grandfather".