Ken Dodd, Comedy legend dies, aged 90


Legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died aged 90.

Sir Ken was famous for his very long stand-up shows - with which he was touring until previous year - along with his Diddy Men and the tickling stick.

His publicist Robert Holmes said: 'They got the registrar and were married in the house.

Sir Ken passed away in the same house in Liverpool that he grew up in. He's never lived anywhere else.

And Guinness World Records reacted to the comedian's death, posting an entry from its 1974 book showcasing a "marathon session of joke cracking" from Sir Ken at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

The comedy legend had this weekend been forced to cancel all his upcoming shows on his Happiness Tour, saying he needs "long term convalescence" after his spell in hospital. He asked Anne if she wanted to marry. It takes it out of you - believe me you know when you've done a show, it takes a day or two to recover. "Anne is obviously very upset". He added Dodd had married his partner of 40 years on Friday and died on Sunday.

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Sir Ken was more successful in terms of music sales than popular acts of the era such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Cilla Black and The Rolling Stones. "And the kindness and, dare I say it, affection I have been shown has been absolutely incredible".

"So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows".

"Especially the wonderful treatment that I have received from the dedicated team of NHS doctors and nurses at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital".

He said: "It's been my privilege to have looked after him for 47 years". He also ventured into TV shows including "The Ken Dodd Show", "Beyond Our Ken" and "Ken Dodd's Laughter Show".

The comedian received knighthood past year.

He was acquitted following a five-week trial, accused of tax fraud, in 1989 and would later joke about the case, which had transformed Liverpool Crown Court into a sell-out theatre, with fellow comics Eric Sykes and Roy Hudd called as character witnesses.