The crime writer died peacefully at his home in Oxford on Tuesday, his publisher says. - From BBC News
He told BBC Oxford: "I think I'm incredibly lucky to have had 30 years of his friendship.
He would always turn up - he loved being on set with us, and we loved having him there.
He was a very warm, benign presence always." Sheila Hancock, Thaw's widow, told BBC Radio 4's Front Row: "He did say to me a couple of times that he really did feel that John was the character and the character was John.
He was one of those television characters who the nation took to their hearts.
He brought pleasure to millions and joy to his friends." Maxim Jakubowski, vice-chairman of the Crime Writers' Association told the BBC: "He will be remembered not just as a superlative crime writer and the creator of such a classic character as Inspector Morse, but also as the most convivial of friends, impish, friendly to all, seldom seen in public without a smile, a man who accepted celebrity late in his life with wonderful dignity and humour." Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents.