Colleagues and peers used Twitter to praise the St Kitts-born Londoner, with comedian David Baddiel mourning a “real loss to comedy”.
He came to prominence in the flagship black comedy The Real McCoy and later performed for a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Fellow comedian Sean Hughes wrote on Twitter: “So so sad to hear about the truly wonderful Felix Dexter passing away.
“I hope you can feel the love in the comedy community fella. Rip.”
Bill Bailey wrote: “Very sad news about my old friend Felix Dexter. A brilliant comedian, a superb comic actor, a lovely man I feel privileged to have known”.He passed on on friday.