Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd has been described as a "music hall great" and "entertainment legend" following his death yesterday.
He was no stranger to the Wearside stage having returned several times over the length of his long career with the Ken Dodd Happiness Show, during which he created his famous "Diddy Men" and became known for his tickling stick. Besides, being an excellent comedian, he was a chart-topping singer too.
He was awarded an OBE in 1982 and was dubbed a knight by the Duke of Cambridge in 2017 - the year of his 90th birthday - in recognition of both his comedic legacy and his charity work. He married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday (March 9), before passing away in the Liverpool home he was born in on Sunday night (March 11).
Comedy icon Ken Dodd has passed away just days after leaving hospital.
"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. "He died two days later on Mother's Day", Dodd's publicist Robert Holmes said, the Guardian reported. His first fiancee, Anita Boutin, died of a brain tumour in 1977 aged 45 after 24 years together.
In the 1960s, he made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.
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Dodd's success drew the interest of the taxman, and in 1989 he endured a five-week trial accused of fraud.
Liverpudlian TV personality Claire Sweeney shared photos of Sir Ken on Twitter and alongside them wrote: "RIP Sir Ken Dodd".
"So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows".
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".
- "How many men does it take to change a toilet roll?"
"A performer has to have something in his or her psyche I would call "a comic imp"..." "I don't know. It's never been done".