Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd at the Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port in January 2007. Photo: David A Ellis (CC BY-SA 3.0)

British comedy legend, Sir Ken Dodd, has died aged 90.

Following six weeks of treatment for a chest infection, the Liverpool creator of the Diddy had recently been released from hospital and on Friday, he had married his partner of 40 years Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years. The wedding took place at their house, the same one he grew up in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.

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

“He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago. He’s never lived anywhere else. It’s absolutely amazing,” he added.

Sir Ken was famous for his five-hour (and sometime longer) stand-up shows. He was still touring as recently as last year, along with his Diddy Men and the tickling stick.

Born the son of a coal merchant in 1927, Sir Ken made his first professional appearance in 1954 at the Theatre Royal, Stockport.

However, it would be another decade before he made his West End debut, topping the bill at the London Palladium.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, he was a regular face on TV and worked to a punishing schedule, which he kept throughout his career, seldom taking a holiday.

In the 1960s, he made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

His talents didn’t only lie in comedy, he was also a chart-topping singer with his signature tune Happiness.

His single Tears was the third highest-selling song of the 1960s in Britain, beaten only by two Beatles singles.


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