British comedian, Des O’Connor dies at 88

Popular British entertainer, Des O’Connor has died on Saturday following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire about a week ago.

The veteran comedian, singer and television host was 88.

According to his longtime agent and family friend Pat Lake-Smith in a statement to the PA news agency, the “ultimate entertainer” had been recovering from the fall when he died.

“It is with great sorrow that I confirm that Des O’Connor passed away yesterday,” she said.

“He had been admitted to hospital just over a week ago, following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.

“He was recovering well and had been in great spirits, visited by his family — in accordance with hospital lockdown regulations — and looking forward to going home.

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“Unfortunately yesterday evening his condition suddenly deteriorated and he drifted peacefully away in his sleep.”

O’Connor presented his own prime-time TV shows for over 45 years, and was known for shows like Today With Des And Mel and Des O’Connor Tonight.

His agent said: “Des, who was 88, was so well loved by absolutely everyone. He was a joy to work with — he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional.

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