Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says

Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says

The Liverpudlian funnyman passed away on Sunday (11Mar18) - just days after marrying long-term partner Anne Jones at their house, the same one in which he grew up, on Friday (09Mar18).

British comedian Ken Dodd, a legendary variety performer known for his unruly hair and buck teeth, has died at the age of 90, his publicist said Monday.

Dodd was famous for his very long stand-up shows - with which he was touring until previous year - along with his Diddy Men and the tickling stick.

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker said: "Sad news about the death of Ken Dodd. Your city, friends, Family and Show business will miss you terribly".

Sir Ken died at the home where he was born in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash in 1927. A man who gave us much joy.

And Bishop wrote on Instagram: 'True comedy legend.

Dodd was known for his lengthy stand-up shows, sometimes lasting up to five hours.

"Ah, Ken Dodd has died".

He said: "He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz".

His TV shows included The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken, Ken Dodd's Laughter Show and An Audience With Ken Dodd and he entered the big time in 1965 with the longest-ever run at the London Palladium - 42 weeks.

His publicist Robert Holmes said: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats".

Other tributes came from actor John Challis, who played Boycie in comedy television series Only Fools and Horses, and Hollyoaks actor Annie Wallace, who described him as a "true son of attractive Liverpool".

He tweeted: "So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd.I met him once and I've never forgotten it.Gawd bless 'im".

'Thanks for all the laughs Ken, you made me, and a lot of people laugh for many years. 'One of the greatest.

Julian Richings, who has appeared in films such as X-Men: The Last Stand, described him as a "music hall great, entertainment legend, Liverpool pride", adding: 'The lights are out in Knotty Ash'.

But all dates for this year were cancelled, when the star became unwell, "because when Ken goes on stage he's up there for about four hours", Holmes said.

Sir Ken had received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace in 2017. What a legend, happiness was your greatest gift to us'.

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