June 18, 2018

Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

12 March 2018, 05:02 | Winifred Adams

Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

Dodd being knighted at Buckingham Palace in March last year. At the time he was awarded the knighthood he said that he had wanted to ‘give something back’ by helping people with depression

British comedian Ken Dodd, a legendary variety performer known for his unruly hair and buck teeth, has died at the age of 90, his publicist said Monday.

On Friday 9th March, just days before his death, he married Anne Jones, his partner of more than 40 years, at his home in Liverpool.

He continued: "Obviously, he can not even consider returning to the stage until he has fully recovered from his chest infection and, in typical fashion, he is disappointed that for the first time in his long career, he won't be making the long journet from Liverpool to Bournemouth".

"I'm not out of the woods by a long way - for example, I need to get my legs sorted out, because they seem to take me in a different direction than the one I want to go in", he added.

Dodd was knighted past year by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming Sir Ken Dodd.

"This report was upsetting and, of course, completely untrue - but reports like this get passed around very quickly, which is what makes them all the more distressing", the agent said.

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While they were, at first, an unseen joke that audiences merely imagined, Dodd soon began bringing them on stage with him.

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

Sir Ken Dodd has died.

"This time a year ago I was by his side when he got his knighthood and he was so very proud then". He gave his final performance in Liverpool at the end of December. A privilege, and a loss. I have a lot to thank You for. And comedian Dara O'Briain wrote: "Ah, Ken Dodd has died".

A Shanklin Theatre spokesperson said: "We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd today".

She says: "I went to his very last one between Christmas and New Year in Liverpool and he didn't look at all well then".

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