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Colleagues pay tribute to Al Debbo

Afrikaans comedian Al Debbo has been described by former colleagues as "a comic genius". The 87-year-old...

Eyewitness News report. Picture: EWN

Afrikaans comedian Al Debbo has been described by former colleagues as "a comic genius".

The 87-year-old actor and theatre legend died in a Bloemfontein hospital on Tuesday night.

Al Debbo made his comic debut more than 60 years ago and is best remembered for his unique facial expressions.

Actor and television personality Coenie de Villiers said the man was a legend.

"[He had] the gift of comedy, which is a very rare and a very special gift, wonderful sense of timing and of course the one thing we'll always remember are those huge eye popping eyes which I think will stay with us forever," he said.