Sir Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90, his publicist confirms. The comedy legend had recently been forced to cancel all dates on an upcoming tour as he recovered from a serious infection.
Doddy, famous for his long stand-up shows, as well as his Diddy Men and tickling stick, died just days after leaving hospital.
He married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday at their house, which was also the one he was born in.
His publicist Robert Holmes said: “To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats. There is no-one else that comes close. 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. With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety. He was a comedy legend and a genius,” he concluded.