Sir Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90, his publicist has confirmed
His publicist Robert Holmes confirmed the news, saying: ‘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.’
The comedian had recently been cared for by medical professionals after suffering a chest infection.
On Friday he married his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones.
Last year he was knighted for his charity work and his outstanding career in entertainment which has lasted for six decades.
It came 25 years after he was first awarded an OBE for services to show business and charity.
He told press before he entered Buckingham Palace that he felt like ‘a racehorse in the stalls, just sweating a little – apprehensive but highly tickled’.
He was knighted, and made a Sir, by, Prince William, second-in-line to the throne.
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.
His comedy style is fast and relies on the quick delivery of one-liners and the occasional song and dance; he is 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.
He is survived by his partner Anne Jones.