Clarke wrote and starred in The Games, a mockumentary series of Australia’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 2000, and also had roles in shows such as Kath and Kim and was a script editor for The Lano and Woodley Show. Comedian Wil Anderson describing him on Monday as “still the funniest satirist on TV”. In a statement, Clarke’s family said they were grateful for the expressions of sympathy pouring in from all over the world. “John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends,” the statement said. “We have lost a giant presence on our screens,” ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie praised Clarke. Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard tweeted that Clarke’s loss would be felt by the whole country.