Bobby Ball (left) and Tommy Cannon
Bobby Ball – part of the comedy double act Cannon and Ball – has died aged 76.
He had recently tested positive for Covid-19.
Ball – real name Robert Harper – was a mainstay of television light entertaining during the 80s.
He also acted in “Last of the summer wine” and “Heartbeat”.
A statement from the comic’s family and stage partner Tommy Cannon, said he died at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital after a battle with Covid-19.
It added: “It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.
“Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems.
“At first it was thought to be a chest infection, but a test proved positive for Covid-19.”
The statement continued:
“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.”
Yvonne added: “I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.”
His former partner Tommy Cannon said he was “devastated” by the news.
He said: “Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.”
Ball’s manager Phil Dale said he was a “true comedy star who loved entertaining people and he loved life itself.
“I spoke to him every day and it would always end in laughter.”