LONDON: Screenwriter Ray Galton, who co-wrote the landmark British comedy series 'Hancock's Half Hour' and 'Steptoe and Son', has died at 88.
Galton's family said Saturday that he died Friday evening after a "long and heart-breaking battle with dementia."
The London-born Galton was diagnosed with life-threatening tuberculosis as a teenager.
In a sanatorium, he met another sick teen, Alan Simpson, and the pair became long-term writing partners.
Manager Tessa Le Bars called them "the fathers and creators of British sitcom."
Galton and Simpson wrote 'Hancock's Half Hour' for popular post-war comedian Tony Hancock.
Their biggest hit was 'Steptoe and Son', a sitcom about father-and-son junk dealers, which ran between 1962 and 1974.
Producer Norman Lear adapted it into the US sitcom 'Sanford and Son'. Simpson died last year at 87.