Comic Ken Dodd, whose fame rivaled The Beatles, dies at 90
Comic Ken Dodd, whose fame rivaled The Beatles, dies at 90
BREAKING: Comedian Sir Ken Dodd dies at 90 – just days after discussing comeback
13 March, 2018, 07:04
United Kingdom broadcasters will pay tribute to Ken Dodd tonight (Monday 12th March) with a host of last minute schedule changes to mark the death of the comedy legend, who has passed away aged 90.
Sir Ken Dodd was a regular and favourite fixture on the Congress Theatre summer season, playing to sell out houses at the 1,600 seat venue and keeping the audiences laughing into the small hours with shows which often went into five hours or more.
Announcing his passing, Dodd's publicist, Robert Holmes, said: "To my mind, he was one of the last music-hall greats".
"There is no-one else that comes close".
The 90-year-old star died at his Liverpool home on Sunday, with his wife Anne, who had been his partner for 40 years, at his bedside. He's never lived anywhere else.
"True comedy legend. RIP Sir Ken Dodd", John Bishop, another Liverpool comedian, wrote on Instagram.
Ken was a national treasure and general manager Gavin Davis said: "As the general manager of Eastbourne Theatres, I was very fortunate to have met Sir Ken Dodd on a number of occasions". Maybe you have fond memories of watching him as a child or with your own children?
As a dustbin lorry tooted its horn in tribute outside the house, Kim Little laid a bouquet and said: "They should have named the airport after him, he did a lot for the city and he stayed here with us". We'll use some of your contributions in our coverage.
Liz, who has since moved back to Northamptonshire, said if they stopped at traffic lights people would surround her vehicle, he was that well-loved. "He will be missed by everyone in the entertainment industry".
He continued: "There was no drama or shebang with Ken Dodd, Anne would drive him and they would bring their dog".
His TV shows included The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken and Ken Dodd's Laughter Show.
Great British Bake Off presenter Sandi Toksvig said of Sir Ken: "Best dinner companion I ever sat next to".
Dodd was chosen to perform the song on A Jubilee Of Music, a celebration of the key pop successes of the Queen's first 25 years as Britain's monarch, screened on BBC One on 31 December 1976. But all 2018 dates had to be cancelled due to his illness and subsequent hospital stay.
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