Comedy legend Bobby Ball has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19.
The death of the funny man, one half of iconic duo Cannon & Ball, was confirmed by his manager.
The actor and comedian had been taken to hospital when he started experiencing breathing problems and was later confirmed to have been suffering from coronavirus.
A statement reads: “It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.
“Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.
“His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.
“She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.
“Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made.”
The actor, comic and singer, real name Robert Harper, is best known for hosting the ITV’s The Cannon and Ball show for nine years with with his best friend Tommy Cannon.
He went on to star in various dramas and sitcoms including Last of the Summer Wine and Heartbeat.
In 2005 he took part in reality series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, where he finished in sixth place.
Since 2009 he found a new army of fans thanks to his role as Frank in long-running BBC Sitcom Not Going Out, alongside Lee Mack.
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