15 of Sir Ken Dodd's best one-liners

Dodd being knighted at Buckingham Palace in March last year. At the time he was awarded the knighthood he said that he had wanted to ‘give something back’ by helping people with depression

Dodd being knighted at Buckingham Palace in March last year. At the time he was awarded the knighthood he said that he had wanted to ‘give something back’ by helping people with depression

Ken Dodd, a titan of a vanishing age of British comedy whose United Kingdom fame at its peak rivaled that of The Beatles, has died, his publicist said Monday.

She today summed up much of the national feeling, saying: "I am devastated and very, very sad".

It showed. He was as popular in the latter years as he was in the 1960s when he became a household name thanks to his stand-up routines, his tickling sticks and his Diddy Men. "He died two days later on Mother's Day", Dodd's publicist Robert Holmes said, the Guardian reported. He's never lived anywhere else.

It was after Dodd was discharged from Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital less than a fortnight after being treated for a severe chest infection that he tied a knot.

The comedian died just 2 days after marrying his partner of 40 years - Anne Jones on Friday.

As news of his death broke in the early hours of Monday morning, fellow comedians and stars from the entertainment world paid tribute to Sir Ken on social media.

Tributes for Sir Ken flooded in this morning, with Liverpool comedian John Bishop writing on Instagram: "True comedy legend".

Those who worked with him also looked back with fondness.

"So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows".

"This time a year ago I was by his side when he got his knighthood and he was so very proud then".

His TV shows included The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken and Ken Dodd's Laughter Show, and he entered the big time in 1965 with the longest-ever run at the London Palladium - 42 weeks.

Sir Ken died in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, at the same house in which he was born in 1927.

Dodd's success drew the interest of the taxman, and in 1989 he endured a five-week trial accused of fraud.

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