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Comedian Ken Dodd dies aged 90

13 March 2018

The Liverpool star died aged 90 yesterday.

The Grand Opera House in Belfast has paid tribute to legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd, hailing the star "a true original". "I don't like to interrupt her".

"Thank you for all the laughs Sir Ken and tatty bye from your friends at Eastbourne Theatres".

The TV personality said Sir Ken recently offered to give advice and help to her three-year-old son.

"John and Ken knew each other very well; he ran a pub in Bootle, Liverpool and was involved with Ken in different charities and functions - along with Ricky Tomlinson and Charlie Landsborough".

She tweeted: "So sad to hear of Ken Dodd's death".

"My job isn't to educate people or even do politics", he said".

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker was also a big fan, commenting: "Growing up I used to love it when Ken Dodd came on the telly".

"I will never retire. And two days later he's passed away". But what would I do if I retired? Over the years he has appeared at its main theatres and many social clubs that are no longer running.

Mr Dodd spent more than six weeks in the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital earlier this year, following a chest infection, leaving at the end of February.

Just two days before his death, Dodd married his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones - a move that some say was his final riposte to the taxman, since it means she won't have to pay inheritance tax.

'To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats, ' he said. There is no one else that comes close.

Ken Dodd, one of Britain's most enduring comedians, has died at the age of 90 in the house in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash that he had occupied all his life. He's never lived anywhere else.

Sir Ken's publicist Robert Holmes added: "With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety".

"He was a comedy legend and a genius".

Sir Ken was famous for his epic stand-up shows, which would frequently last for several hours, and his quickfire humour and great one-liners.

He performed his last show just a few months ago, and had been planning a 2018 tour, until this had to be cancelled due to his illness.

Holmes said: "He's not been well this year".

"Ken had been a choirboy at this church and his wife Anne plays the organ here".

She said: '"Doddy" visited Ferneham Hall a number of times, all of which were sell out shows - many staff will have lovely memories of meeting him over the years. "How tickled I am to have known him", he said. "That was a really good night and it was the last night that I had with my brother". In the 1960s he held the Guinness world record for the longest joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours. He was also a well-known singer.

Comedian Ken Dodd dies aged 90