The entertainer Sir Ken Dodd has died after a short illness.
He passed away at home in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash on Sunday. He was 90 years old.
The comedian had a career spanning over 50 years and earned a knighthood for his work in 2017. Dodd also set a Guinness World Record in the Sixties for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.
He married his long-term partner Anne Jones on Friday last week after a six-week stay in hospital for a chest infection.
Sir Ken Dodd made his showbusiness debut at the Nottingham Empire in 1954. He went on to have 19 UK top 40 hits during his career, including his signature tune Happiness. It was released in 1964 and sold over 1.5m copies in the UK.
A fan who saw Sir Ken live at Preston Guild Hall has paid tribute to the comedian.
A fan from Blackpool also paid tribute, recalling how his live performances were famous for his energy on stage.
We saw him in Blackpool in the 70s. It was a charity event all the acts at all the shows gave their performance for free. Started at 10.30pm. Ken Dodd was the last act. We got back to where we were staying as the milkman was delivering.
— Barbara Hodgson (@chadbabs) 12 March 2018
Tributes have also poured in from celebrities with fellow comedian David Walliams tweeting: “Comedy flowed through him like water.”
Comedy flowed through him like water. RIP Sir Ken Dodd. pic.twitter.com/v0FjVJVe1n
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) 12 March 2018