Comedian Freddie Starr dead at 76

Freddie Starr

The comedian was famously accused of eating a hamster

Friday, May 10, 2019

Comedian Freddie Starr has died at the age of 76.

The Merseyside-born entertainer who rose to fame in the 1970s was found dead at his home in Mijas, Spain.

A post on Facebook and Twitter pages claiming to belong to Starr appeared to confirm the news.

"This is Freddie's manager Just to confirm Freddie has passed away. R.i.p to our greatest comedian of all time," it read.

Tributes have since been flooding in for the comic, impressionist, singer and actor.

Actor Bobby Davro said on Twitter that Starr was "one of our greatest comedy talents".

Freddie Starr with former wife Sophie Lea in 2011

And TV presenter Amanda Holden said she hoped he was "remembered with a smile".

She wrote online: "Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today. His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion & favour-but it's important to recognise his once huge popularity & fame."

Starr was known by fans for his eccentric behaviour, after rising to fame after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.

In 1986, he was famously at the centre of one of the best known newspaper headlines when The Sun splashed with: "Freddie Starr ate my hamster." 

The story claimed Starr placed the small creature between two slices of bread and ate it at a friend's home after returning from a performance in Manchester.

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