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‘A true entertainer’: Cannon & Ball star Bobby Ball dies aged 76

Written by on 29/10/2020

Bobby Ball, one half of comedy double act Cannon & Ball, has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for COVID-19, his manager has said.

A statement on behalf of Ball’s wife Yvonne, his family and his long-time comedy partner Tommy Cannon said he passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Wednesday evening at around 9.30pm.

Ball's death has left his friend Tommy Cannon "devastated"
Image: Ball’s death has left his friend Tommy Cannon ‘devastated’

The statement said: “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.”

It went on: “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 that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made.”

Fellow comedians including Les Dennis and Jason Manford paid tribute to Ball, with Dennis tweeting: “Just heard the sad news that the wonderful Bobby Ball has died. He was a true entertainer with real funny bones.”

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Manford wrote: “So heartbroken to read about the passing of comedy legend Bobby Ball. Such a hilarious man. The comedy community is a poorer place without him. #RockOn #RIPBobbyBall”.

Speaking about her husband of 46-years, Yvonne said: “I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.”

Cannon (left) and Ball preparing for their first film Boys In Blue, outside the Dominion Theatre in 1982
Image: Cannon (left) and Ball preparing for their first film Boys In Blue, outside the Dominion Theatre in 1982

Cannon, who first teamed up with Ball in the early 1960s, said: “Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.”

Ball’s manager Phil Dale said: “Bobby 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.”

 Sky News

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