Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Comic Ken Dodd, whose fame rivaled The Beatles, dies at 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 Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says
Andrew Cummings | 14 March, 2018, 06:13

It's a love story to beat them all'.

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

He added: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry".

"He died two days later on Mother's Day".

Their wedding came after Sir Ken was discharged from Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital less than a fortnight ago following six weeks of treatment for a severe chest infection.

Dodd, who was knighted by Prince William last year, died on Sunday in the house where he was born, just two days after marrying his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones, on Friday.

Ken Dodd, a titan of a vanishing age of British comedy whose United Kingdom fame at its peak rivaled that of The Beatles, has died, his publicist said Monday.

As news of his death spread, people around the world expressed sadness over the loss of a great stand-up comedian.

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If the "number of catchphrases is a mark of a comedian's success", said a BBC profile in 2013, Dodd has "done well, with such trademark sayings as "how tickled I am" and "by jove, missus" and nonsense concoctions including "tattyfilarious" and "discomknockerated".

John Challis, a fellow comedian, was one of the firsts to post about his death, "So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd".

And comedian Dara O'Briain wrote: "Ah, Ken Dodd has died".

The table of guests next to them overheard and had been at the Ken Dodd Happiness show themselves the night before and informed the complainers that the show didn't end at 11pm and that in fact was the interval as the performance then carried on until 1.30am.

Sir Ken Dodd's full name is Kenneth Arthur Dodd and he was born on November 8, 1927. It was a district that he made nationally famous as part of his act, along with the Diddy Men, jam butties and his tickling stick.

The Official Charts Company also revealed that the track is the 38th bestselling song of all time in the United Kingdom and, since its release, Tears has shifted more than 1.52 million copies, excluding streams.

Liz said: "There will never be another like Ken - a true gentleman, charity fundraiser and friend".

Finally, he did not stop performing despite his old age.

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