Paul O’Grady Has Died, Aged 67
National Treasure, TV presenter, and comedian Paul O’Grady has died aged just 67.
He died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening, his husband Andre Portasio said in a statement.
Paul O’Grady rose to fame in the 1990s with his drag queen persona Lily Savage,
going on to present game show Blankety Blank and other light entertainment programmes including a re-boot of Blind Date.
Later in his career, he went on to host a number of chat shows, and also brought his love of dogs to the screen.
After leaving his Radio 2 show in August 2022
he went on to host his annual Christmas Special on Boom Radio where he was due to return at Easter for another show.
O’Grady’s long-time radio producer Malcolm Prince said he had visited the star at his home on Tuesday afternoon, describing him as “laughing, smiling, and full of life”.
Mr Prince posted on Twitter: “He was so proud of Annie, so happy to be back on Boom Radio, and he was looking forward to so many new projects.
“And now he’s gone. I can’t believe it. We have lost a unique talent – and I’ve lost a dear friend.”
Full story and tributes BBC News
We’ve lost another legendary talent who will be greatly missed by millions. British Classic Comedy will post a full tribute to the Legendary Entertainer this weekend.