Veteran British actor Richard Briers dies aged 79

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BRITISH ACTOR BRIERS POSES WITH THE CBE HE RECEIVED AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE.LONDON (Reuters) – British actor Richard Briers, best known for the 1970s TV sit-com "The Good Life" but also for his Shakespearean roles, has died at the age of 79, prompting a flood of tributes for "a national treasure". The actor, who spent a lifetime on the stage, had recently spoken publicly of battling a serious lung condition for years, saying that "the ciggies got me" after a lifetime smoking habit. He said his health was failing after being diagnosed with emphysema five years ago even though he gave up smoking 10 years ago. …