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April 18, 2009


Writer, politician, grandson of Sigmund Freud

Clement Freud, a grandson of Sigmund Freud who became a well-known writer, politician and urbane regular on British radio, died Wednesday at his home in London.

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

Mr. Freud was a restaurateur and nightclub proprietor who developed into a food writer, which opened further doors commenting on sports and politics.

From 1973 to 1987, he was a Liberal member of Parliament. He was granted a knighthood in 1987.

In 1950, Mr. Freud married Jill Flewett, who was said to have been C.S. Lewis' inspiration for the character of Lucy in the Narnia tales.

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