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Cannon And Ball's Bobby Ball Dies Aged 76 After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Cannon And Ball's Bobby Ball Dies Aged 76 After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Bobby Ball, who is known for being one half of comedy duo Cannon and Ball, has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for coronavirus.

His manager confirmed the sad news, saying the star - whose real name was Robert Harper - passed away at a hospital in Blackpool last night.

He was experiencing 'breathing problems' that were initially believed to be due to a chest infection, but he later tested positive for the virus.

A statement said: "It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.

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"Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.

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Credit: David Fisher/Shutterstock

"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.

"She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.

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"Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made."

Ball was best known for being one half of comedy duo Cannon and Ball alongside his long-time friend Tommy Cannon, having hosted ITV's The Cannon and Ball Show for nine years together.

Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

The comedian was famous for twanging his braces on stage, with the catchphase 'Rock on, Tommy'.

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He also worked as an actor, having starred in several TV series including Not Going Out, Last of the Summer Wine and Heartbeat.

Many people have paid tribute to the star on social media, with fellow comedian Jason Manford tweeting: "So heartbroken to read about the passing of comedy legend Bobby Ball. Such a hilarious man. The comedy community is a poorer place without him. #RockOn #RIPBobbyBall."

Presenter Les Dennis said: "Just heard the sad news that the wonderful Bobby Ball has died. He was a true entertainer with real funny bones. Thoughts with Tommy, Yvonne and his family at this sad time. RIP Bobby."

Featured Image Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

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