Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd has died, aged 90

Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd has died, aged 90

British comedy legend Ken Dodd has died aged 90, his publicist has announced.

During a career spanning more than 60 years, Dodd became one of the most popular comedians in Britain, known for his extra-long standup routines (some lasting over five hours) replete with clever one-liners, his famous Diddy Men puppets and a feather duster he referred to as a "tickling stick".

Also a well-known singer, in 1964 the star released his first single, Happiness, followed by smash hit Tears in 1965, and then Promises. In passing away two days after marrying his long-term partner Anne Jones, the lights have gone out on a born entertainer like no other.

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His publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association: "They got the registrar and were married in the house". It's absolutely unbelievable. With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety. He died two days later on Mother's Day.

"He was a comedy legend and genius".

"I'm not out of the woods by a long way - for example, I need to get my legs sorted out, because they seem to take me in a different direction than the one I want to go in", he added. Anne is obviously very upset.

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Television personality Claire Sweeney, a fellow Liverpudlian, shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter.

He wrote: "One night he said "I'll follow you home and I'll shout jokes through your letterbox". "That's my Ken Dodd story".

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

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

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