The comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90, his publicist has said.
The comic, famous for his long standup shows, as well as his Diddy Men and “tickling stick”, died days after leaving hospital. He married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday at their home in Liverpool, which was also the house where he was born.
His publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association: “They got the registrar and were married in the house. He died two days later on Mother’s Day. Anne is obviously very upset. To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats.”
Holmes went on: “With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety. He was a comedy legend and genius.”
He said of Dodd’s relationship with Jones: “It’s a love story to beat them all.”
Dodd spent more than six weeks in the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital earlier this year, following a chest infection.
Dodd’s colleagues and fans were quick to pay tribute to him.