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Matt Lucas quits West End after ex-partner's suicide

    Matt Lucas being interviewed by the BBC’s Jon Sopel at the West London Synagogue to raise funds for the Karen Morris Memorial Trust, continuing the initiative of a student who died from leukaemia
    Matt Lucas being interviewed by the BBC’s Jon Sopel at the West London Synagogue to raise funds for the Karen Morris Memorial Trust, continuing the initiative of a student who died from leukaemia

    Little Britain’s Matt Lucas has left his role in Prick Up Your Ears until further notice after the suicide of his ex-partner Kevin McGee.

    Mr McGee, 32, was found hanged at his Edinburgh flat and police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

    Mr Lucas had been playing a lead in Prick Up Your Ears, a play based on the life of writer Joe Orton, which opened on the weekend.

    Producers have confirmed that understudy Michael Chadwick will take the role until further notice.

    Mr Lucas and Mr McGee, who met before Mr Lucas found fame with Little Britain, married in December 2006, with a pantomime themed reception.

    Mr Lucas filed for divorce in October 2008 because of “unreasonable behaviour” by his partner.

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