Mel Smith died a few days ago, but I only found out a few minutes ago, while I was catching up on some reading. Smith was 60, and died of a heart attack.
What a funny guy. I first saw him on Not The Nine O'Clock News, which probably lost a thing or two in translation across the Atlantic, but which I still found riotously funny. He directed The Tall Guy, one of my favourite comedies, and later Bean, the feature film with Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean character.
And, of course, he had one of the many funny small roles in The Princess Bride.