Comedy Legend Ken Dodd Dies

The stand-up star was discharged from the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital just under two weeks ago following a six-week stay

The stand-up star was discharged from the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital just under two weeks ago following a six-week stay

"To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats", his publicist, Robert Holmes, said.

He continued to perform right through to his later years, bringing the energy and stamina of a man half his age to his manic routines.

He wrote: "One night he said "I'll follow you home and I'll shout jokes through your letterbox".

He was acquitted following a five-week trial, accused of tax fraud, in 1989 and would later joke about the case.

Sound engineer Simon Burchett recalled working with Sir Ken in the 1980s.

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.

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His signature prop was a tickling stick - a sort of comedy feather duster - and he was often joined by colorfully clad, diminutive companions known as the Diddy Men.

He was awarded an OBE in 1982 and was dubbed a knight by the Duke of Cambridge in 2017 - the year of his 90th birthday.

It was after Dodd was discharged from Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital less than a fortnight after being treated for a severe chest infection that he tied a knot.

Tributes are pouring in including from fellow Liverpudlian Claire Sweeney, who described Dodd as a "legend and an inspiration".

Comedy icon Ken Dodd has passed away just days after leaving hospital.

"Thanks to them I am delighted to report that I am making steady progress back to good health and can't wait to entertain everyone once again". A privilege, and a loss. 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.

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