Ken Dodd dead; British comedy veteran was 90

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Sir Ken was nearly married decades ago to Anita Boutin, but she died of a brain tumour in 1977, after spending 24 years of their lives together.

Many fans and fellow celebrities paid tribute to the funnyman.

His colleagues and TV stars also paid tribute to Ken Dodd on social media. But perhaps the most notable was his induction into the Grand Order of Water Rats, the exclusive British entertainment industry fraternity and charitable organisation.

The table of guests next to them overheard and had been at the Ken Dodd Happiness show themselves the night before and informed the complainers that the show didn't end at 11pm and that in fact was the interval as the performance then carried on until 1.30am.

He continued: "After five weeks in the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, he was allowed to return to his beloved Knotty Ash home on February 27 and is now convalescing in his home environment cared for by his loving partner, Anne Jones, who has never left his bedside".

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"We first met when I was in the Ken Dodd Christmas Show in 1961 at the Manchester Opera House", she said.

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

"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".

"He was a comedy legend and a genius". "There is no-one else that comes close".

'He asked Anne if she wanted to marry. They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday.

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Norma Hornby, manager of youth charity The Canal Boat Adventure Project, of which Doddy was patron for 39 years, last year told the Daily Mirror: "The work Ken has done for children and young people in deprived communities made them determined for Ken to be knighted".

"It's a wonderful love story".

Television personality Claire Sweeney, a fellow Liverpudlian, shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter. Don't think I said a word.

Comedian John Bishop, who was born in Liverpool, wrote on Instagram: "True comedy legend".

He performed his last show just a few months ago, and had been planning a 2018 tour, until this had to be cancelled due to his illness.

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