Sir Ken Dodd Comedy legend dies aged 90
The Liverpool legend had recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.
On Friday, he had married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house, the same one he grew up in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.
Lady Dodd described him as “a most life-enhancing, brilliant, creative comedian”.
Speaking outside their home, she said Sir Ken “just wanted to make people happy”.
Sir Ken was famous for his very long stand-up shows – with which he was touring until last year – along with his Diddy Men and the tickling stick.
Paying tribute to Sir Ken, comedian Russ Abbot said he was “an icon, a one-off and a true professor of comedy”.
“One of the greatest. How tickled I am to have known him,” he added.
Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop wrote on Instagram: “True comedy legend. RIP Sir Ken Dodd.”
Actor David Morrissey, who is also from Knotty Ash, tweeted: “Ken Dodd was such an important part of my life growing up in Knotty Ash. He was a great comic and a great man. Thanks for all the laughs.”
Fans also paid their own tributes, one wrote on Twitter: “After my father died in 1990 we took my mother to see #KenDodd at the Palladium. He was the perfect pick-me-up: daft, irrepressible, funny and silly in equal measure. We were all reduced to helpless, crying-with-laughter wrecks. Bravo! #legend.”
Sir Ken made his first professional appearance in 1954 at the Theatre Royal, Stockport, but 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.