Ken Dodd dies aged 90
Comedian and entertainer Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90.
His death on March 11 was confirmed by his publicist, Robert Holmes, who described Dodd as “a comedy legend and a genius”.
In a career spanning seven decades, the Liverpool-born comic became one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers, famed for allowing his live stand-up shows to overrun into the early hours of the morning.
He gave his last public performance on December 28 last year and had planned to resume touring following a six-week hospitalisation for a chest infection.
Regular appearances on television and radio made Dodd a household name and saw him launch a successful singing career, with his 1965 recording of Tears topping the pop charts for five weeks.
Among early tributes on social media, poet Ian McMillan said: “RIP Ken Dodd: Shakespearean fool, music-hall turn, timeless clown. The stage was his planet and as he explored it the only atmosphere he needed was laughing gas”.
Producer David Pugh tweeted: “17th November 1977, the first show I ever produced, Leek Grand Cinema, tickets £1, sold out in an hour, the audience howled, the Star came off stage at 12.20am and got paid £250 cash. Thank you Ken Dodd”.
Comedian Danny Wallace said: “Godspeed Doddy. 90 years old. He was supposed to go when he was 80, but they couldn’t get him off stage”.