British film critic Barry Norman has died at the age of 83, according to the BBC. For many years, Norman was the U.K.’s best-known movie expert thanks to his hosting of the BBC’s Film… show, from 1972 to 1988. He also wrote for The Guardian and The Radio Times and authored a number of books including his 2002 autobiography, And Why Not?: As I Never Did Say. In 2007, Norman launched a range of pickled onions, based on an old family recipe.
Norman died in his sleep on Friday night. “He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too,” his daughters, Samantha and Emma, said in a statement. “We will miss him more than we can say.”
Following the news of his death, Stephen Fry paid tribute to Norman on Twitter. “Sad to hear of Barry Norman’s departure,” wrote the actor. “A film critic and a provider of fine pickled onions. That’s a good life.”
Norman has also been praised by his fellow film critic Mark Kermode, who reviews movies on BBC Radio Five Live’s Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. “Watching Barry Norman review films was a pleasure, an education, and an inspiration,” Kermode wrote on Twitter. “Wit, knowledge & wry enthusiasm. He was the Master.