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Sir Ken Dodd


Sir Ken Dodd, creator of the Diddy Men and one of the most popular comedians of his time, has died aged 90.

The Liverpool legend had recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

On Friday, he had married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house, the same one he grew up in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash. Lady Dodd described him as "a most life-enhancing, brilliant, creative comedian". Speaking outside their home, she said Sir Ken "just wanted to make people happy".

She added: "I have lost a most wonderful husband. He lived to perfect his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences. I've been overwhelmed by the love and affection which I've already received from dear friends and the public."

BBC News 12.03.18.

The King of Knotty Ash has gathered up his tickling stick and shuffled off to Diddyland to join Dicky Mint. We've lost one of the last of the greats.

Doddy passed away at home (alas not on stage) aged 90, having married his long term partner last Friday. 

Dave Williamson

The Sons who were present at the unveiling of the Laurel and Hardy statue in Ulverston will always remember his heartfelt words of admiration about Laurel and Hardy.

Roger Robinson

Ken Dodd was truly a comedy giant. He will be forever remembered with great fondness by many, many people.

I'll never forget the conversation I had with him outside the Ladies Toilet in Berlin airport.

We had all just disembarked from a Liverpool flight. His partner Ann and my wife Angie needed to use the facilities so I jumped at the chance to ask him about unveiling the statue. This would have been early December 2008, and I mentioned the ceremony which was proposed for Saturday 18th April. After a brief ponder he replied he couldn't manage the 18th as he had a Charity event in North Wales, but if I could get him a show on the Coronation Hall on the Sunday evening, he'd do it for free in the afternoon.

Absolutely amazing, he knew what he was doing all those months ahead and he instantly recalled the name of the theatre in Ulverston.

What a wonderful man he was. He did a superb job at the unveiling. Very happy memories for all who attended. He'll be greatly missed.

R.I.P. Sir Ken Dodd,

Eric Woods

Above are two photos I took in Ulverston on 19th April 2009. Ken Dodd clearly enjoyed unveling the Laurel and Hardy statue and entertaining us at the Coronation Hall that evening. We have indeed lost a dear national treasure.

Willie McIntyre