Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

British comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies, aged 90

The veteran comic holding his famous white and blue'tickling stick surrounded by his Diddymen The veteran comic holding his famous white and blue'tickling stick surrounded by his Diddymen
| 13 March, 2018, 11:35

The television personality shared some photos of the comedian's 90th birthday party on Twitter, saying: "RIP Sir Ken Dodd".

'He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago.

Sir Ken Dodd has died aged 90 - his publicist has confirmed.

Norma Hornby, manager of youth charity The Canal Boat Adventure Project, of which Doddy was patron for 39 years, last year told the Daily Mirror: "The work Ken has done for children and young people in deprived communities made them determined for Ken to be knighted". One of the all time greats.

On ITV, a repeat of Rachel Nickell: the Untold Story is postponed for a 10:45pm showing of Another Audience with Ken Dodd in which he entertains a theatre crowd.

Jonathan Higgins, now head of entertainment and events at the Sands Centre, has worked closely with Sir Ken during his 11 years at the venue.

"He told me: 'If he's got amusing bones, send him to me - I'll tell him everything he needs to know'".

When she agreed to raise £1m for a much-needed MRI scanner for Arrowe Hospital, once again Sir Ken became chairman of the appeal and put on a show. It takes it out of you - believe me you know when you've done a show, it takes a day or two to recover.


Tributes for Sir Ken flooded in this morning, with Liverpool comedian John Bishop writing on Instagram: "True comedy legend".

"Thank you for all the laughs Sir Ken and tatty bye from your friends at Eastbourne Theatres".

It came just days after he married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at the same house on Friday - after being released from hospital following six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

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

Known as "the last great music hall" entertainer, Dodd's act consisted of brilliant one-liners, music and variety acts. A privilege, and a loss. RIP. In the 1960s he held the Guinness world record for the longest joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours. "We are comforted by the joy and happiness he brought the world".

Fellow Liverpudlian Claire Sweeney described Sir Ken as a "legend and an inspiration".

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

And another said: "Thank you for your incredible sense of humour and the laughs you left us with".

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