Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says

Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says

He Wednesday Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday and an announcement was due to go out later this week about the marriage.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, his agent, Robert Holmes said of the star who recieved his knighthood and celebrated his 90th birthday in 2017 "greatly appreciates all the support he has been given and continues to receive during his spell of ill-health". There is no-one else that comes close. He's never lived anywhere else.

It's absolutely fantastic. With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety.

The comedy legend had this weekend been forced to cancel all his upcoming shows on his Happiness Tour, saying he needs "long term convalescence" after his spell in hospital.

"They got the registrar and were married in the house".

He was being treated for a chest infection and died at home on Mother's Day. "It's absolutely fantastic", Holmes said. It's been my privilege to have looked after him for 47 years.

Sir Ken Dodd will be remembered for his wit, his tickling stick and also for being one of the biggest selling recording artists of the 1960s along with The Beatles.

Even when he was taken to hospital for a "minor operation" on New Year's Eve in 2007, it came just hours after completing a four-hour sell-out gig at Liverpoool's Philharmonic Hall.

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

"So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows".

And it also explains why his stage performances had a habit of over-running - Sir Ken, whose unruly hair and teeth was part of his persona, says no show was complete unless it ended with a laugh and a sing-song.

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