Comedian Bobby Ball, one half of the double act Cannon and Ball, has died at the age of 76.
The star's death in Blackpool on Wednesday came after he tested positive for coronavirus, leaving wife Yvonne and comedy partner Tommy Cannon devastated.
"At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for COVID-19," his manager Phil Dale confirmed in a statement.
"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.
"She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel."
In a brief statement Cannon said: "Rock on, my good friend. I can't believe this, I'm devastated."
In recent years Ball appeared on the Lee Mack sitcom Not Going Out and before his death had just completed filming on the 11th series - due for broadcast on BBC One next year.