Famed comedian and TV host Des O’Connor breathed his lat aged 88 following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.
Des O’Connor, an all-rounder entertainer, had an ability to engage his audience and TV guests alike.
According to his agent, he was “well loved by absolutely everybody” and “loved life”.
In a statement, the entertainer’s long-time agent described him as the “ultimate entertainer” and said he had been recovering from the fall before his condition had suddenly deteriorated.
She said, “He was a joy to work with – he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional. He loved life, and considered enthusiasm almost as important as oxygen.”
However, as news of his death spread around, a number of fans, fellows and politicians poured in tributes for the late legend.
Des O’Connor’s old friend and fellow comedian Jimmy Tarbuck called him a “national hero”.
Another veteran comic of the 1970s and 1980s, Russ Abbot said, “I had the privilege of being on his show many times and he was a wonderful, generous host, always wanting his guests to shine.
“He really was the ultimate entertainer but, even more, he was a thoroughly nice man. No ifs or buts. He always had a smile on his face and his giggle was legendary!
“He will be sorely missed. My thoughts go out to Jodie and his family”.
Des O’Connor – Early Life
Moreover, O’Connor presented his own prime-time TV shows for more than 45 years. He had his hands on singing as well.
The comedian appeared on stages around the world including hundreds of shows at the London Palladium.
In 2007, he tied the knot with girlfriend Jodie Brooke Wilson, who was 37. She gave birth to their son Adam when O’Connor was 72.
O’Connor also had four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina from his previous marriages.