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Clement Freud, grandson of Sigmund Freud, dies

world Updated: Apr 16, 2009 21:57 IST

Clement Freud, a grandson of Sigmund Freud who became a well-known writer, politician and urbane regular on British radio, has died. He was 84.

Freud died on Thursday at his home in London, his family said. The cause of death was not announced.

He was best known from his three decades appearing on the BBC game show, "Just a Minute," in which panelists compete to see who can talk the longest without hesitation, deviation or repetition.

Freud's well-stocked vocabulary and his slow, deadpan speech made him a master of the game.

"Cheek is when someone of diminished responsibility goes to the British Broadcasting Corp and elects to be chairman of a panel game on the basis that he might have some idea of how to control people whose multi-syllabic words he doesn't understand, whose meaning he is unable to comprehend," he once said during a typical delivery.

Freud had a testy relationship with his brother, the famed artist Lucian Freud, rooted in childhood suspicions that Lucian was his mother's pet.

Born in Berlin, Clement Raphael Freud came to England with his family in 1933, "refugees from the Nazis before the habit had caught on," he said.