Tributes pour in for comedy `genius´ Sir Ken Dodd

Tributes pour in for comedy `genius´ Sir Ken Dodd

Glowing tributes have been paid to comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd following his death - with the boss of The Sands Centre in Carlisle calling him an "undoubted superstar".

It showed. He was as popular in the latter years as he was in the 1960s when he became a household name thanks to his stand-up routines, his tickling sticks and his Diddy Men.

"Farewell to my fellow Liverpudlian, the tattyfilarious Ken Dodd", tweeted Sir Paul McCartney.

And Sir Ken's wife Anne, his partner of 40 years who he married on Friday, said of her husband: "The world has lost a most life-enhancing, brilliant, creative comedian with an operatically-trained voice, who just wanted to make people happy".

Ken Dodd died at the same home where he was born 90 years ago
Ken Dodd died at the same home where he was born 90 years ago Credit PA

He added, "She (Anne Jones) got hold of the local vicar and organized the registrar to come to the house and they got married".

Even at 88 when he performed at the Congress for the last time the show started at 7pm and ended well past midnight with only one interval!

And on Channel 5 at 9pm, Terror in the Air is replaced by Ken Dodd: In His Own Words, a documentary about his career featuring an interview with Dodd and contributions from Michael Billington, Miriam Margolyes, Ricky Tomlinson, Roy Hudd, John Birt, Michael Grade and Tim Vine.

'I dedicated the whole hour of my show to him and played back some of the conversations we had on the air over the years.

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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.

"He died two days later on Mother's Day".

The sad news of Dodd's death comes after he spent six weeks in hospital earlier this year, being treated for a chest infection.

"To one in a million - a true comedy legend".

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Liz asked Sir Ken to take on the role of chairman of Alder Hey Children's Hospital's 75th birthday appeal, to raise £1.75m to build a hydrotherapy pool for badly burned children, provide parent accommodation and help fund the bereavement counselling centre. I have a lot to thank You for. He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, his agent, Robert Holmes said of the star who recieved his knighthood and celebrated his 90th birthday in 2017 "greatly appreciates all the support he has been given and continues to receive during his spell of ill-health".

Another said: "Thank you for your awesome sense of humour and the laughs you left us with". A privilege, and a loss.

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