Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd OBE has died just two days after marrying his partner of 40 years, his publicist has confirmed.
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. 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).
“To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats,” his publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association. “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.”
Holmes continued: “With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety. He was a comedy legend and a genius.”
Ken Dodd was hospitalised earlier this year, but remained adamant that he would return to the stage. “I’m going to teach my legs how to work again, they’ve forgotten you know, and once I’ve recovered myself I’ll get back to doing the job, which is the only job I’ve ever had,” he said upon leaving hospital back in February.
“While I was in here, I wrote some new jokes, so it should be all right.”
Dodd was awarded an OBE in the 2017 honours list, for services to entertainment, after the likes of Mick Jagger spent years campaigning for him to receive one.