Friday, 25 May, 2018

Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90, two days after marriage

The stand-up star was discharged from the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital just under two weeks ago following a six-week stay The stand-up star was discharged from the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital just under two weeks ago following a six-week stay
Marlene Weaver | 12 March, 2018, 16:58

Sir Ken Dodd - master of tickling sticks, Diddy Men and tattifilarious comedy - has died, his publicist has said.

The 90 year old veteran entertainer was well known for his epic stand up shows, which were planned to continue right into 2018 with The Ken Dodd Happiness Show - a run which was unfortunately cancelled due to Dodd's ill health.

The Liverpudlian funnyman passed away on Sunday (11Mar18) - just days after marrying long-term partner Anne Jones at their house, the same one in which he grew up, on Friday (09Mar18). He's never lived anywhere else.

"With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety".

Robert Holmes led tributes, calling him a "comedy legend and genius".

He said of his marriage: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry".

He was being treated for a chest infection and died at home on Mother's Day. "Anne is obviously very upset".

"It's a love story to beat them all".

Sound engineer Simon Burchett recalled working with Sir Ken in the 1980s.

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"Especially the wonderful treatment that I have received from the dedicated team of NHS doctors and nurses at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital".

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

Did you meet or work with Dodd?

Born the son of a coal merchant in 1927, Dodd began his career as a comedian in 1954. It's been my privilege to have looked after him for 47 years.

The comedian received knighthood a year ago.

He became Sir Ken Dodd after he was knighted a year ago (2017) for his services to entertainment and charity.

Famous for inventing puppets the Diddymen and wielding his legendary "tickling stick", the joker toured the country for decades, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records for performing 1,500 jokes in a three and a half hour set.

Dodd's success drew the interest of the taxman, and in 1989 he endured a five-week trial accused of fraud.

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