Cannon and Ball comedian Bobby Ball has died aged 76 from coronavirus

Comedian Bobby Ball has died it has been confirmed.

The comedy icon, who was part of comedy duo Cannon and Ball, has died at the age of 76.

His manager Phil Dale confirmed that his death came after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Speaking about Bobby, 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."

A statement read: "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 October 28, 2020 approximately 9.30pm.

"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.

"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."

The comedy star, who appeared on I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2005, was a staple of British comedy throughout the eighties and enjoyed a glittering career.

Tributes have been pouring in for the Bobby from family and fans alike.

Ball’s wife Yvonne has paid tribute to the late star.

She said: "I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous."

Tommy Cannon has long-standing comedy partner has also paid tribute following his best pal's death.

He poignantly shared: "Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated."

Cannon and Ball were the pioneers of the variety show format.

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