Comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died aged 90 just days after being released from hospital following weeks of treatment for a chest infection.
The stand-up star was discharged from the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital just under a fortnight ago after a six-week stay for a nasty chest infection.
But yesterday the funnyman cancelled all of the upcoming shows from his Happiness Tour in order to give himself time to recover from recent health woes.
Comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died aged 90 just days after being released from hospital following weeks of treatment for a chest infection
The stand-up star was discharged from the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital just under two weeks ago, following a six-week stay for a nasty chest infection
He vowed to return to his comedy career after leaving the hospital, saying: once I’ve recovered myself I’ll get back to doing the job, which is the only job I’ve ever had. While I was in here I wrote some new jokes, so it should be alright’
Speaking once he was discharged from hospital the veteran comic vowed to return to his comedy career.
He said: ‘I’m going to teach my legs how to work again, they’ve forgotten you know, and once I’ve recovered myself I’ll get back to doing the job, which is the only job I’ve ever had.
‘While I was in here I wrote some new jokes, so it should be alright.’
He was famed for his white and blue ‘tickling stick’ and his well-loved catchphrase ‘How tickled I am’.
Sir Ken said: ‘I have to say in all sincerity that I have been so very, well-treated and I can’t praise the staff at the hospital too highly. They have been absolutely wonderful’
Pictured: The veteran comic holding his famous white and blue ‘tickling stick’ surrounded by his Diddymen
Born in Liverpool, in 1927, he became famous for his stand-up comedy routines which often song performances. He also created the character of the Diddy men.
Sir Ken, known for his wild hair, protruding teeth and tickling sticks, was knighted in the New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity
He had already been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1982 New Years Honours.
Pictured: Dodd being knighted at Buckingham Palace in March last year
Pictured: Dodd with his infamous blue and white ticklers
At the time he was awarded the knighthood he said that he had wanted to ‘give something back’ by helping people with depression.
Reflecting on his knighthood he said: ‘Now I’d like to help people who need help. I’d like to help people who are depressed.
‘It’s a symptom as you get older. When you’re past a certain age, it kicks in. I want to help people who are not enjoying life, I’ve had such a wonderful life.
‘In the journey of life you come across a lot of road bumps and you’ve just got to get over them if you can.
‘I get lots of people writing to me about how they’ve overcome problems and how I may have helped them by making them laugh,’ he said.
‘After this knighthood, I thought, “I ought to give something back”. I’d like to feel that I was useful.
‘I don’t want people just to say, “He’s an entertainer”. I want to feel as though I’ve put something back into life.’
Sir Ken was made an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in 1997 and a statue of him was unveiled in Liverpool Lime Street station in 2009.