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Ken Dodd married his partner of 40 years two days before he died

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Ken Dodd married his partner of 40 years two days before he died
Sir Ken and Anne had been together for 40 years (Picture: PA)

Sir Ken Dodd secretly married his partner of 40 years Anne Jones just two days before he passed away.

Ken and Anne married on Friday 9 March, two weeks after Ken was discharged from Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital following six weeks of treatment for a severe chest infection.

His publicist Robert Holmes said: ‘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.’

Sir Ken Dodd leaves Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital after recovering from a severe chest infection.
Sir Ken Dodd leaves Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (Picture: PA)

Holmes also confirmed Dodds’s death in a statement which read: ‘To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats.

‘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.’

Ken Dodd in hospital
The comedian vowed to return to the stage once her recovered (Picture: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

As he left hospital he joked that he would soon be back on the road: ‘I’m going to teach my legs how to work again, they’ve forgotten you know, and once I’ve recovered myself I’ll get back to doing the job, which is the only job I’ve ever had.

‘While I was in here I wrote some new jokes, so it should be alright.’

Veteran entertainer Sir Ken Dodd at Buckingham Palace, London, after he was made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by the Duke of Cambridge. File photo dated 02/03/2017 showing Sir Ken Dodd, who has died aged 90. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 12, 2018. See PA story DEATH Dodd. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Sir Ken after he was knighted (Picture: PA)

Last year he was knighted for his charity work and his outstanding career in entertainment which has lasted for six decades.

Born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Lancashire, on November 8 1927, it was around the age of 14 he began to discover a love of entertaining after seeing an advertisement in a comic book which read: ‘Fool your teachers, amaze your friends—send 6d in stamps and become a ventriloquist!’.

His father then bought him a ventriloquist’s dummy and Ken called it Charlie Brown, entertaining children at the local orphanage and by the age of 26 he had broken out into the business after years of doing stand up around Nottingham.

File photo dated 8/3/1966 of comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd, who has died aged 90, with his award for Show Business Personality of the Year, presented to him at the Variety Club's luncheon at the Savoy Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 12, 2018. See PA story DEATH Dodd. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
A young Ken in 1966 (Picture: PA)

His comedy style was fast and relied on the quick delivery of one-liners and the occasional song and dance; he was known for the ‘tickling stick’ and the greeting of ‘how tickled I am!’.
Renowned for the length of his performances, he once earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest ever joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

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