British comedian Ken Dodd dead


He also had a number one hit in 1965 with his record "Tears" which is the 33rd best-selling single of all time in the UK.

Going on to thank fans for the outpouring of support since news of his death broke in the early hours of the morning, she added: "I've been overwhelmed by the love and affection which I've already received from dear friends and the public and I thank you all for being here".

Shortly after Dodd's death was confirmed, tributes began pouring in for the comedian.

The Official Charts Company also revealed that the track is the 38th bestselling song of all time in the United Kingdom and, since its release, Tears has shifted more than 1.52 million copies, excluding streams.

Liz asked Sir Ken to take on the role of chairman of Alder Hey Children's Hospital's 75th birthday appeal, to raise £1.75m to build a hydrotherapy pool for badly burned children, provide parent accommodation and help fund the bereavement counselling centre. It was only outsold by two tunes from The Beatles!

Sir Paul wrote on Instagram: "Farewell to my fellow Liverpudlian the tattyfilarious Ken Dodd". They are wonderful people and I can't thank them enough for all they have done for me.

Great British Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig wrote: "Best dinner companion I ever sat next to".

"Thanks to them I am delighted to report that I am making steady progress back to good health and can't wait to entertain everyone once again".

Actor John Challis, who played Boycie in comedy television series Only Fools And Horses, tweeted: "So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd.I met him once and I've never forgotten it. Gawd bless 'im".

Comic Gary Delaney called the star "one of the all time greats", and, referencing the fact Sir Ken's shows could often last for hours, added: "The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday".

Even at 88 when he performed at the Congress for the last time the show started at 7pm and ended well past midnight with only one interval! A fine entertainer and true son of attractive Liverpool, never to be forgotten.

He married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday at their home in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash, which was also where he was born.

"He lived to flawless his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences", she said.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, will officially open the book at 11.30am.

Flags on official buildings flew at half-mast in Dodd's home city on Monday.