Sir Ken Dodd: Tributes to the 'master of tickling sticks'

Sir Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90

Legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died aged 90.

The star, famous for his epic stand-up shows, as well as his Diddy Men and tickling stick, died just days after leaving hospital where he'd been suffering from a chest infection.

And Bishop wrote on Instagram: 'True comedy legend.

TV personality Claire Sweeney, a fellow Liverpudlian, shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter.

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

The veteran entertainer was hailed as a "legend and an inspiration" and "one of the all-time greats", with tributes from stars including David Walliams, Carol Vorderman and Dawn French.

And Guinness World Records reacted to the comedian's death, posting an entry from its 1974 book showcasing a "marathon session of joke cracking" from Sir Ken at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

"He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz".

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'He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago.

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

Sir Ken, known for his unruly hair and teeth, performed his very last show just months ago, at The Auditorium in the Liverpool Echo Arena, in his native city, on December 28. "Anne is obviously very upset".

Previous year he was knighted for his charity work and his outstanding career in entertainment which has lasted for six decades.

Sir Ken died in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, at the same house in which he was born in 1927.

Lee Mead, who won BBC competition Any Dream Will Do to land the lead role in the West End revival of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, said he felt "lucky" to have met Dodd.

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

"Ken Dodd, the master of making people happy".

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