April 16, 2009

Broadcaster Clement Freud dead at 84

German-born radio personality and writer Clement Freud, the grandson of psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud, has died at the age of 84, his family said.

The Times of London said Freud -- a World War II veteran who lived in England most of his life and who was also known as a politician, journalist, nightclub proprietor, celebrity chef and university rector -- died Wednesday night while sitting at his desk at home.

The father of five appeared on the first edition of BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute in 1967 and recorded his latest appearance two weeks ago, The Times said.

In addition to his children, Freud is also survived by his wife June Jill Flewett, whom he married in 1950 and who was said to have been the inspiration for the character of Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia books.

Freud last year mused about death in a piece he penned for The Times.

I lost Sigmund's night-shirts and the heavy leather luggage, but have quite a lot of wine, the odd painting, a letter from Margaret Thatcher and a picture of me with Muhammad Ali, he said. I took my children around our flat in turns to glean who wanted to have what when we died. They all wanted all the wine, my wife's desk, my collection of cookery books and the same picture, so that will be no trouble.