Morrissey pays tribute to 'demented genius' Elaine Stritch

Singer enjoyed an unlikely friendship with the 89-year-old, who passed away yesterday (July 17)

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Morrissey has paid tribute to actress Elaine Stritch, who died yesterday (July 17) at 89.

The singer, who released new album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' this week, was friends with Stritch and wrote about their relationship in his 2013 autobiography. Stritch was best known for roles on both stage and screen, most recently in US sitcom 30 Rock where she played the mother of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin).

A statement from Morrissey was published on fan-site True To You earlier today (July 18) and reads: "Elaine was my friend for a while. She was, of course, a demented genius - in loveable ways. Can we appreciate the people who are around us right now? The answer, of course, is No, for we are all pathetic human beings. It takes death for us to say aloud: thank you for everything, Elaine Stritch."

Writing about Stritch in Autobiography, the singer talked of a woman who "eats chopped fruit from a large plastic Zip-lock bag." Recalling the moment he introduced himself to her in a Los Angeles hotel, he continues: "Stritch stretches back one hundred years, a true star of the American stage, and a hallowed prize on any of her rare television appearances. She is a cauldron of Lucille Ball, Tallulah Bankhead, Coral Browne, Estelle Getty and Beatrice Arthur – her creaky tough-nut croak of a voice is loud enough to fill the hotel foyer. She is a blasé broad of yesteryear – so funny that people hope that she will soon stop talking."

Elaine Stricth died at her home in Michigan. She was 89.

Morrissey appears on the cover of this week's NME available on newsstands now or available digitally .

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