Bobby Ball, one half of the comedy double act Cannon & Ball, has died on the age of 76 after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
The actor and comic had been taken to hospital experiencing respiration issues earlier than he was confirmed to have the coronavirus.
Bobby, whose actual identify was Robert Harper, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Wednesday night.
His finest pal and comedy accomplice Tommy Cannon stated in a tribute: “Rock on, my good pal, I am unable to consider this, I am devastated.”
An announcement from the duo’s administration learn: “It’s with nice private unhappiness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the household, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball handed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 roughly 21:30.
“Bobby had been taken to the hospital for exams as he began with respiration issues. At first it was regarded as a chest an infection however a take a look at proved optimistic for Covid-19.
“His spouse Yvonne stated the hospital and employees couldn’t have been extra great, as they had been excellent of their care of responsibility they usually did every little thing potential for him and she or he can not reward them sufficient.
“She stated that the household and Tommy want to categorical their honest because of the numerous, many individuals who’ve been followers of Bobby they usually know that they’ll all share partially the good loss and whole unhappiness that Yvonne, the household and Tommy all really feel.
“Yvonne added that their want for privateness right now must be a precedence. No additional bulletins or statements will probably be made.”
Bobby’s beloved spouse of 46 years, Yvonne stated: “I’ll all the time miss him, he was so joyful, stuffed with enjoyable and mischievous.”
The actor, comic and singer is finest recognized for internet hosting the ITV’s The Cannon and Ball present for 9 years with together with his finest pal Tommy Cannon.
He went on to star in varied dramas and sitcoms together with Final of the Summer season Wine and Heartbeat.
In 2005 he took half in actuality sequence I am A Movie star… Get Me Out of Right here!, the place he completed in sixth place.
Since 2009 he performed the position of Frank in long-running BBC Sitcom Not Going Out, alongside Lee Mack.
Following the tragic information, lots of Bobby’s superstar pals have paid tribute to the entertainer.
TV star Les Dennis described Ball as a “true entertainer with actual humorous bones”.
In a tweet, he stated: “Simply heard the unhappy information that the great Bobby Ball has died. He was a real entertainer with actual humorous bones. Ideas with Tommy,Yvonne and his household at this unhappy time. RIP Bobby.”
Comic Jason Manford stated he was “heartbroken” on the information of Ball’s demise.
He tweeted: “So heartbroken to learn concerning the passing of comedy legend Bobby Ball. Such a hilarious man. The comedy neighborhood is a poorer place with out him. “RockOn “RIPBobbyBall”.
Ball was born Robert Harper on January 28 1944 and located fame on the The Cannon & Ball Present reverse his lifelong pal Tommy Cannon.
He additionally appeared in TV sequence together with Final Of The Summer season Wine, Heartbeat, Mount Nice, Benidorm, The Cockfields and Not Going Out, and the duo appeared on I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here! in 2005.