Comedian Sir Ken Dodd Dies Aged 90
Comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died aged 90, his publicist has said.
The Scouse comedian had recently undergone treatment for a chest infection at hospital, forcing him to cancel all dates on an upcoming tour. He was released just days ago.
The comic married his partner of 40 years Anne Jones on Friday at the home they shared.
His publicist Robert Holmes said: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats. There is no-one else that comes close.
"He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago.
"He's never lived anywhere else. It's absolutely amazing.
"With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety.
"He was a comedy legend and a genius."
Speaking about the recent wedding, Holmes added: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry. They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday.
"He died two days later on Mother's Day. Anne is obviously very upset. They had been together for 40 years.
"It's a love story to beat them all."
"They got the registrar and were married in the house. He died two days later on Mother's Day.
"Anne is obviously very upset."
Tributes have begun to pour in for the legendary star:
RIP Sir Ken Dodd, 90.- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 12, 2018
One of the greatest comedians Britain has ever produced.
Died in the same home in Knotty Ash, Liverpool where he was born & always lived - after marrying his long time love Anne there just two days ago.
A poignant end to an amazing life. pic.twitter.com/hC8fylPwkA
Comedy flowed through him like water. RIP Sir Ken Dodd. pic.twitter.com/v0FjVJVe1n- David Walliams (@davidwalliams) March 12, 2018
'So it turns out that if you bang two halves of a horse together, it doesn't make the sound of a coconut.'- Waterstones (@Waterstones) March 12, 2018
- Sir Ken Dodd 1927-2018 pic.twitter.com/xjLlXI2AZx
Ah, Ken Dodd has died. So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows. He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz. A privilege, and a loss. RIP.- Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) March 12, 2018
Dodd's career spanned over six decades, and he was knighted in 2017 for services to entertainment and charity.
He got himself into the Guinness Book of Records after telling a whopping 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.
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