A tribute has been paid to a man who died after being pulled from a river in Norwich.

Emergency services were called to Riverside at around 11.20am on January 5 after a man was seen floating in the River Wensum near the Compleat Angler.

Howard Clarke, 68, who was known as Howie, was pulled from the water and treated by paramedics at the scene.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he died. 

Norwich Evening News: Ambulance, police and fire crews attended the sceneAmbulance, police and fire crews attended the scene (Image: Denise Bradley, Newsquest)Howard's family has described him as "a devoted son, and much admired, creative brother to his two younger sisters" who will be "sorely missed by his family and friends".

His sisters said: "He retained his love of music and comedy throughout his life and his diverse interests and talents over the years included stand-up comedy, songwriting, singing and playing guitar at local venues in addition to being an illustrator, and freelance cartoonist published in The Oldie and The Spectator magazines. 

"We will greatly miss his sense of humour and hope our gentle, intelligent and kind brother is now finally at peace and would appreciate our privacy being respected at this distressing time."

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