Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

Carla Harmon
March 12, 2018

Tributes have been paid to Sir Ken Dodd, after the last link to the comedians of music hall era, died at the age of 90.

The Liverpool comedian, who once described the Book of Common Prayer as the guide to life, left hospital on February 27 at the end of a six-week stay for a chest infection.

Publicist Robert Holmes said Dodd died Sunday at his Liverpool home - the same house where he was born in 1927. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anne and their friends and family at this very sad time".

Known as "the last great music hall" entertainer, Dodd's act consisted of brilliant one-liners, music and variety acts.

Robin Ince said: 'With the death of Ken Dodd, many theatre staff will not merely be mourning the loss of a comedy Legend, but also the loss of all that overtime.

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

Actor John Challis, who played Boycie in comedy television series Only Fools and Horses, tweeted: 'So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd. They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday. They are wonderful people and I can't thank them enough for all they have done for me. "And the kindness and, dare I say it, affection I have been shown has been absolutely awesome". They had been together for 40 years. It's been my privilege to have looked after him for 47 years. He also ventured into TV shows including "The Ken Dodd Show", "Beyond Our Ken" and "Ken Dodd's Laughter Show".

He was performing his legendarily long shows until late previous year. He was under 23-day trial in the year 1989 for eight counts of tax fraud spanning 15 years and which involved more than £800,000.

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