The comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died

The comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died

His signature prop was a tickling stick - a sort of comedy feather duster - and he was often joined by colorfully clad, diminutive companions known as the Diddy Men.

Twitter is also mourning the comedian/ actor's death.

He died on Sunday, his publicist Robert Holmes announced, with his wife, Anne Jones, with whom he had lived for 40 years but whom he married only on Friday, by his bedside.

Norma Hornby, manager of youth charity The Canal Boat Adventure Project, of which Doddy was patron for 39 years, last year told the Daily Mirror: "The work Ken has done for children and young people in deprived communities made them determined for Ken to be knighted".

Even at 88 when he performed at the Congress for the last time the show started at 7pm and ended well past midnight with only one interval!

"The world has lost a most life-enhancing, brilliant, creative comedian with an operatically trained voice, who just wanted to make people happy", she said.

Before this show, Dodd last played in Belfast in 1976.

When she agreed to raise £1m for a much-needed MRI scanner for Arrowe Hospital, once again Sir Ken became chairman of the appeal and put on a show.

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

It's absolutely awesome. With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety.

The stand-up comedian was discharged from Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital just under two weeks ago following six-week-stay for chest infection. He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz. A privilege, and a loss. RIP.

Born the son of a coal merchant in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, in 1927, Sir Ken made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

'When he arrived at the theatre stage door, I would help Ann [a colleague] bring all his gear in, as he gave his time talking and signing with fans who had been waiting.

Liverpool comic Les Dennis wrote: "Losing Ken means losing the last music hall great". Oh God, no. You couldn't find anything as fascinating as this - maybe, the only thing I could think of that would be as good as this would be gardening; the secret of happiness is to plant a seed and see it grow; the secret of keeping going is to feel that you're necessary; to feel that you've some use in life.

Another said: "Thank you for your awesome sense of humour and the laughs you left us with".