Sir Ken Dodd dies at the age of 90, two days after wedding

Sir Ken Dodd dies at the age of 90, two days after wedding

Sir Ken Dodd performed his last show a few months ago

Monday, March 12, 2018

Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90, just two days after getting married, his publicist has announced.

The much-loved star, famous for his epic stand-up shows, his tickling sticks and Diddy Men, died on Sunday (March 11) in the home he was born in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash. His wife was at his bedside.

The comedian left hospital on February 27 at the end of a six-week stay for a chest infection.

He wed Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday (March 9) and an announcement was due to go out later this week about the marriage.

His publicist Robert Holmes said: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats. There is no-one else that comes close.

"He passed away in the home that he was born in over 90 years ago. He's never lived anywhere else. It's absolutely amazing.

"With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety.

"He was a comedy legend and a genius."

He said of Dodd's marriage: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry. They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday (March 9).

"He died two days later on Mother's Day. Anne is obviously very upset. They had been together for 40 years.

"It's a love story to beat them all."

Sir Ken, known for his unruly hair and teeth, performed his very last show less than three months ago, at The Auditorium in the Liverpool Echo Arena on December 28.

But all 2018 dates had to be cancelled due to his illness and subsequent hospital stay.