Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says

Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says

Sir Ken Dodd - the master of tickling sticks, Diddy Men and tattifilarious comedy - has died.

Dodd, who had recently been hospitalized with a chest infection, married his long-time partner Anne Jones on Friday. He died two days later on Mother's Day. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anne and their friends and family at this very sad time".

Holmes added: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats".

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.

Last year, Dodd received a knighthood from Prince William recognising more than six decades of comedy and charity work.

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"I can't get enough of these", Piers continued, "Please, let's just keep going with these utterly inappropriate Ken Dodd jokes because they are making me laugh out loud. And the kindness and, dare I say it, affection I have been shown has been absolutely wonderful". They are wonderful people and I can't thank them enough for all they have done for me.

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

The comedian spoke to the Shropshire Star a year ago in the midst of a tour that led to marathon appearances at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn and Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre. And comedian Dara O'Briain wrote: "Ah, Ken Dodd has died". It's been my privilege to have looked after him for 47 years.

In the 1960s he held the Guinness world record for the longest joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.

A low point for Dodd came in 1989, when he was charged with tax fraud.

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