Sir Ken Dodd dies, publicist says

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He's never lived anywhere else.

As news of his death broke in the early hours of Monday morning, fellow comedians and stars from the entertainment world paid tribute to Sir Ken on social media.

"He was a comedy legend and a genius".

He added: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry". She got hold of the local vicar and organised the registrar to come to the house and they got married. He died two days later on Mother's Day'. "Anne is obviously very upset". They had been together for 40 years. But all 2018 dates had to be cancelled due to his illness and subsequent hospital stay. "It's absolutely unbelievable", Holmes said. "And he has special thanks for all the nurses and doctors who have looked after him so well". I'm privileged to have been there for him and he for me.

The comedian received knighthood past year. "I shall really miss him".

Having clocked up 35 years in showbusiness, Dodd told the court: "Since I am stripped naked in this court, I might as well tell you the lot".

Famous for inventing puppets the Diddymen and wielding his legendary "tickling stick", the joker toured the country for decades, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records for performing 1,500 jokes in a three and a half hour set.

Sir Ken Dodd will be remembered for his wit, his tickling stick and also for being one of the biggest selling recording artists of the 1960s along with The Beatles. He also had a successful career on television and radio with shows such as The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken and Ken Dodd's Laughter Show, and even topped the charts as a singer - releasing his signature tune Happiness in 1964.

He became Sir Ken Dodd after he was knighted previous year (2017) for his services to entertainment and charity.

He was under 23-day trial in the year 1989 for eight counts of tax fraud spanning 15 years and which involved more than £800,000.

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