December 17, 2018

British comedian Ken Dodd dies age 90

12 March 2018, 05:02 | Randall Craig

GETTY LEGEND Comedian Ken Dodd has died

Comedian Ken Dodd has died

Comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90, his publicist has confirmed. The star, famous for his epic stand-up shows, as well as his Diddy Men and tickling stick, died just days after leaving hospital.

He continued: "After five weeks in the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, he was allowed to return to his beloved Knotty Ash home on February 27 and is now convalescing in his home environment cared for by his loving partner, Anne Jones, who has never left his bedside". There is no one else that comes close.

Publicist Robert Holmes said Dodd died Sunday at his Liverpool home - the same house where he was born in 1927.

SIR KEN Dodd's affinity and rapport with his fans can be explained by the comedian's assertion that his was the "best job in the world because I can only see people smiling and laughing". "He was a comedy legend and genius", he said.

Ken Dodd was hospitalised earlier this year, but remained adamant that he would return to the stage.

"They got the registrar and were married in the house. And the kindness and, dare I say it, affection I have been shown has been absolutely unbelievable". It takes it out of you - believe me you know when you've done a show, it takes a day or two to recover.

Having clocked up 35 years in showbusiness, Dodd told the court: "Since I am stripped naked in this court, I might as well tell you the lot".

Those who worked with him also looked back with fondness.

"This time past year I was by his side when he got his knighthood and he was so very proud then".

During the 1960s, he entered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest joke-telling session ever - 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.

Ken Dodd was given his knighthood a year ago for services to entertainment and charity.

A low point for Dodd came in 1989, when he was charged with tax fraud.

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