Veteran British comedian, Sir Ken Dodd, has passed away on March 11, two days after tying the knot with long-time partner, Anne Jones. He was 90.
A legend is gone
Dodd died on Mother’s Day, and it is believed that he suffered a regression after spending six weeks in the hospital receiving treatment.
Two weeks before his death, he was admitted to the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital due to a serious chest infection.
Robert Holmes, Dodd’s publicist, was the one who confirmed the comedian’s passing in a statement. In his tribute, he said, “to my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats.”
Anne Jones’ Tribute
Sir Ken Dodd and Anne have been together for 40 years. They both decided to tie the knot when he suspected he did not have much time. Now, Anne is sharing some touching yet glowing words about her late husband.
While speaking to the press outside their home where Dodd was born, lived, and died, Jones had nothing but wonderful words to say about the comedian.
She appreciated the outpouring of love and support she has been receiving since the news of his death broke. Describing her partner of four decades, she said:
The world has lost the most life-enhancing, brilliant and creative comedian with an operatically trained voice, who just wanted to make people happy.
She described the love and devotion he had for his art and his passion to entertain his audience. She also went on to say:
I have been overwhelmed by the love and affection which I have already received from dear friends and the public, and I thank you all.
An enduring love story
Dodd and Jones got married on Friday, March 9. He had asked her if she wanted to make things official following his health deterioration. Jones agreed.
The couple began dating when Dodd was 50. This was after his first long-term partner, Anita Boutin, died from a brain tumor. They were together for 22 years.
Dodd and Jones started dating in the 80s. Before they began their relationship, Jones had appeared on his shows as a dancer. The couple never had children, and it has been reported that they gave up trying after so many disappointments.
When it came to comedy, Dodd can be counted as one of the greats. In fact, he once got a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest ever joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.
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