Comedian and actor Ken Dodd dead at 90

Bessie Dean
March 12, 2018

Comedy icon Ken Dodd has passed away just days after leaving hospital. "It's absolutely fantastic." The Diddy Men creator had recently been released from hospital after six weeks, following treatment for a chest infection. 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). He was most famous for his stand-up shows with his Diddy Men and the tickling stick, and made it into the Guinness World Records in the 1960s after telling 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.

"They got the registrar and were married in the house", his publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association.

Holmes also confirmed Dodds's death in a statement which read: 'To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats.

Born the son of a coal merchant in 1927, Dodd began his career as a comedian in 1954. A privilege, and a loss.

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Sir Ken had left hospital a fortnight ago following a chest infection. Then he came back in to ask for the bin and drove off. He died two days later on Mother's Day. My mum didn't know who he was. "That's my Ken Dodd story".

In an age where comedians believe they have to be crude to be amusing, the Liverpudlian, who died in the Knotty Ash home where he was born, was one of the last great variety artists because of his uncanny ability to deliver inoffensive jokes with side-splitting timing. Anne is obviously very upset.

Ken Dodd was given his knighthood past year for services to entertainment and charity. "It's absolutely unbelievable", Holmes said.

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