SHANKLIN Theatre has paid tribute to legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd, who has died at the age of 90. Dodd was recently released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection, reported BBC. The funnyman had secretly married his long-term partner, Anne Jones of 40 years just two at the home in Liverpool' where he spent his entire life.
Dodd, from Liverpool, England, won millions of fans with his stand-up shows filled with non-stop jokes, in which he brandished his trademark colourful "tickling sticks". "He was a comedy legend and genius", he said.
Sir Ken had been a comedian since 1954 and was born the son of a coal merchant in 1927.
Liverpudlian TV personality Claire Sweeney shared photos of Sir Ken on Twitter and alongside them wrote: "RIP Sir Ken Dodd".
"To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats".
The veteran entertainer was hailed as a "legend and an inspiration" and "one of the all-time greats", with tributes from stars including David Walliams, Carol Vorderman and Dawn French.
Holmes continued: "With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety".
He said: "He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz".
The Good Morning Britain host added: "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".
Paul Chan, who played Mr Wu in the comedy series Benidorm, also reminisced about a chance encounter his mother had with Sir Ken decades ago. "Anne is obviously very upset".
The late comic was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for his services to entertainment and charity. "That's my Ken Dodd story".
And another said: 'Thank you for your awesome sense of humour and the laughs you left us with'.
A Shanklin Theatre spokesperson said: "We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd today".