Comedy legend, Sir Ken Dodd, the man behind the Diddy Men, has died aged 90.
The Liverpudlian had recently been ill in hospital for six weeks with a bad chest infection but had just been released and on Friday, he finally married his partner, Anne Jones, after 40 years together.
They were married at their house in Liverpool which was the same house that Dodd grew up in.
Robert Holmes, Dodd’s publicist said “To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats.”
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said a book of condolence would open later, tweeting: “We are comforted by the joy and happiness he brought the world.”
RIP Sir Ken Dodd. A legend and an inspiration. I have a lot to thank You for. I Was thrilled you had the best birthday party in Liverpool before you left us. Your city, friends,Family and Show business will miss you terribly. pic.twitter.com/iDeEC4yukJ
— Claire Sweeney (@clairesweeney) March 12, 2018
Comedy flowed through him like water. RIP Sir Ken Dodd. pic.twitter.com/v0FjVJVe1n
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) March 12, 2018
Ah, Ken Dodd has died. So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows. He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz. A privilege, and a loss. RIP.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) March 12, 2018
RIP Sir Ken Dodd. One of the all time greats. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday.
— Gary Delaney (@GaryDelaney) March 12, 2018