Legendary British comedian Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90.
The Liverpool native, who was knighted in 2017, passed away at his home yesterday, just two days after marrying his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones.
His publicist Robert Holmes confirmed his death to the Press Association, saying "They got the registrar and were married in the house. He died two days later on Mother’s Day. Anne is obviously very upset. To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats.”
He added: “With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety. He was a comedy legend and genius.”
Many fans and celebrities have already paid tribute to Dodd - famous for his prominent teeth, his 'tickling stick' and his characters the 'Diddy Men' - on social media:
Comedy flowed through him like water. RIP Sir Ken Dodd. pic.twitter.com/v0FjVJVe1n
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) March 12, 2018
RIP Sir Ken Dodd. A legend and an inspiration. I have a lot to thank You for. I Was thrilled you had the best birthday party in Liverpool before you left us. Your city, friends,Family and Show business will miss you terribly. pic.twitter.com/iDeEC4yukJ
— Claire Sweeney (@clairesweeney) March 12, 2018
RIP Sir Ken Dodd. One of the all time greats. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday.
— Gary Delaney (@GaryDelaney) March 12, 2018
So sorry to have heard of the death of Sir Ken Dodd. I was thrilled to meet him last year. I was a big fan. pic.twitter.com/ZO0T8ZyjgP
— Rory Cowan (@1rorycowan) March 12, 2018
Ah, Ken Dodd has died. So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows. He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz. A privilege, and a loss. RIP.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) March 12, 2018
RIP Sir Ken Dodd, 90.
One of the greatest comedians Britain has ever produced.
Died in the same home in Knotty Ash, Liverpool where he was born & always lived - after marrying his long time love Anne there just two days ago.
A poignant end to an amazing life. pic.twitter.com/hC8fylPwkA
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 12, 2018
So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd.I met him once and I’ve never forgotten it.Gawd bless ‘im
— John Challis (@BeingBoycie) March 12, 2018
What a beautiful day. What a beautiful day for sticking a cucumber through a letterbox and shouting 'Help the martians have landed'. #KenDodd
— Grace Dent (@gracedent) March 12, 2018
So very, very sorry to hear of the death of the legendary Ken Dodd. The world is a sadder place without his tickling stick ðŸ˜ž But something tells me he’ll be telling jokes non stop in heaven pic.twitter.com/rtnjue1MfM
— Martin Roberts (@TVMartinRoberts) March 12, 2018
Godspeed Doddy. 90 years old. He was supposed to go when he was 80, but they couldn’t get him off stage. #KenDodd
— Danny Wallace (@dannywallace) March 12, 2018
— peter byrne (@Peter_J_Byrne) March 12, 2018
Ken Dodd was the Master. pic.twitter.com/1xxWIhM32z
— Matthew Sweet (@DrMatthewSweet) March 12, 2018
"I just read a book about Stockholm Syndrome, it started off badly but by the end I really liked it."
RIP Ken Dodd
— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) March 12, 2018
Goodnight Sir Ken Dodd.
I saw him live 5 years ago, at one of his mammoth 7 hour live shows. He was 85 then, and still at the top of his game.
— Stephanie Hirst (@StephanieHirst) March 12, 2018