His death was confirmed in a statement by his publicist Amanda Emery. It said he died early on Friday and was with his wife and daughter when he died.
Hardy was a regular on BBC Radio 4 panel shows like The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He started out in the comedy circuit in the 1980s, winning the prestigious Perrier Award in 1988 and best live act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991.
On TV he appeared on shows like QI and sketch programme Now – Something Else.
“He retained to the end the principles that guided his life; trying to make the world more humane, and to be wonderfully funny,”
“He will be enormously missed by so many, who were inspired by him and who laughed with him.
“A fitting memorial will take place, details to be announced soon.”