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Des O'Connor Has Died At The Age Of 88

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Des O'Connor Has Died At The Age Of 88

Des O'Connor has passed away at the age of 88.

The TV legend had been admitted to hospital about a week ago after suffering a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.

However, the comedian's health deteriorated and he passed away in his sleep on Saturday (14 November).

A statement released by O'Connor's agent read: "Des, who was 88, was so well loved by absolutely everyone.

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"He was a joy to work with - he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional.

"He loved life, and considered enthusiasm almost as important as oxygen. He adored his family - they were everything to him.

Des O'Connor has passed away at the age of 88. Credit: PA
Des O'Connor has passed away at the age of 88. Credit: PA

"He is survived by his wife Jodie, their son Adam and his four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina. Jodie's world is shattered, she and Adam and Des's daughters are hurting more than you could possibly imagine.

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"Des was the ultimate Entertainer. He loved being on stage - entertaining a live audience. He always said the sound of laughter was like the sound of heavenly music.

"He had a fabulous international TV career, presenting his own prime-time TV shows for over 45 years. On stage he starred at almost every leading venue throughout the world."

O'Connor is best known for his work in theatre and variety entertainment, as well as hosting a series of hit TV shows, including The Des O'Connor Show, Des O'Connor Tonight, Take Your Pick and Countdown.

Since news of his death was announced, friends and fans have taken to social media to share their condolences with his family.

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Melanie Sykes, his co-host for four years on Today With Des and Mel, shared a photo of the pair together, saying the time she worked with him was the best in her career.

She wrote: "Des had the softest hands of anyone I ever met and the kindest of hearts. He had talent in every fibre of his being and was stubborn as a mule.

"He was the full ticket as a friend and colleague. When he chose me to be his co host on the Today daytime show it was one the greatest days of my professional life.

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"It was an education and a privilege to work with him for the years that followed. We worked long hours but always laughed lots, not least because when it it was showtime he would always tell me I looked like robbers dog!

"These years I will never forget and nor will I forget him. Darling Des you will be forever missed. Melanie x."

Writer Gyles Brandreth said: "Des O'Connor was such a nice, nice man. The ultimate professional, an impeccable entertainer, skillful, stylish, self-deprecating, fun to be with, lovely to know. One of the best. RIP Des - a privilege & a real pleasure to have known you. Thanks for the fun."

Radio legend Tony Blackburn wrote: "So sorry to hear that Des O'Connor has passed away. He was a great entertainer and more importantly a very nice person. RIP."

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Julian Clary wrote: "Always loved Des O'Connor. Cheerful and kind man. RIP Des."

Actor Kate Robbins said O'Connor was a 'gorgeous person' and a 'true pro'.

She tweeted: "I'm so sad to hear that the wonderful Des O'Connor has died. He was a true pro and a gorgeous person. My love to Jodie and all his family at this sad time. Rest in peace Des. You are sorely missed already #RipDesOConnor."

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