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Des O'Connor

Des O'Connor dies aged 88 - tributes paid to 'ultimate entertainer'

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She tweeted: "I'm so sad to hear that the wonderful Des O'Connor has died. He was a true pro and a gorgeous person. My love to Jodie and all his family at this sad time. Rest in peace Des. You are sorely missed already RipDesOConnor." The legendary TV presenter suffered a fall at his home last week and died on Saturday, his agent confirmed.


"Unfortunately yesterday evening his condition suddenly deteriorated and he drifted peacefully away in his sleep." Mel, a long-term friend and co-host on Today with Des and Mel, paid a heartbreaking tribute.

Des O'Connor (right) with Eric Morecambe, in the Wellington Hospital, London (Image: PA)

He was a joy to work with- he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional.

Lake-Smith said in a statement: "It is with great sorrow that I confirm that Des O'Connor passed away yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, Jodie, their son, Adam, and his four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina.

"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.

Cinderella at the Palace Theatre, Manchester - Cinderella (Pippa Steel) and Buttons (Des O'Connor) in December 1967 (Image: Mirrorpix)

"He loved life, and considered enthusiasm almost as important as oxygen.

Des O'Connor has died aged 88.

Devastated Melanie Sykes led the tributes to tragic TV legend Des O'Connor, whose death has been announced this morning.

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

Des O'Connor, and wife, singer Jodie Wilson (Image: PA)

The TV star died on Saturday, according to his longtime agent and family friend Pat Lake-Smith.

Entertainer Des O'Connor has died at the age of 88 after a brief stay in hospital.

The entertainer and TV stalwart Des O'Connor has died at the age of 88, days after a fall at his home, his agent has said.

He adored his family- they were everything to him.

Des has died aged 88 (Picture: robbie jack/Corbis via Getty Images)

'It was an education and a privilege to work with him for the years that followed.

The TV legend's agent confirmed that he died 'peacefully' in his sleep on Saturday in hospital, surrounded by family.

He always said the sound of laughter was like the sound of heavenly music.

Pat Lake-Smith, his longtime agent and family friend, said the TV star died on Saturday while recovering from a fall in his home.

The star suffered a fall last week (Picture: ITV/REX)

Mel Sykes and Dermot O'Leary are among the stars to lead tributes to Des O'Connor, who has sadly died aged 88.

The star passed away in his sleep following a fall at his family home.

O'Connor was admitted to hospital a week ago after suffering a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.

In a statement, she said: "It is with great sorrow that I confirm that Des O'Connor passed away yesterday.

'He had talent in every fibre of his being and was stubborn as a mule.

He was the full ticket as a friend and colleague.

'He had a fabulous international TV career, presenting his own prime-time TV shows for over 45 years.