Peter Kay has logged onto Twitter to share a touching tribute to Paul O’Grady in view of his 835,400 followers, joining thousands of fans mourning the TV presenter and comedian.
News of Paul’s death emerged today, with his cause of death yet to be confirmed – but his husband Andre Portasio said he died “peacefully”.
Peter shared a throwback video with the late comedian on the Paul O’Grady Show as he remembered their “happy memories”.
He captioned the clip: “Happy memories of the lovely Paul O’Grady. Kind, genuine and naturally funny.”
Fans of the TV legend rushed to reply to Peter’s tweet expressing their condolences as they paid homage.
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Doxley56 said: “Terribly sad, all his pets will miss him and everyone at Battersea, by the way thanks for a brilliant evening at the O2 last Wednesday!!”
Shazzamac1973 added: “Thank you for this @peterkay_co_uk it made me smile. Good Times. Loved Paul and his show. He will be sadly missed by everyone.”
Robert_alee simply stated: “A sad day for many. May he sleep well.x,” while MBsScotslass tweeted: “He was a BEAUTIFUL MAN WITH A LOVELY SOUL XXX”
Paul suffered heart attacks in 2002, 2006 and 2014, and his parents both died of heart issues.
The Blind Date star’s husband Andre Postario confirmed the presenter’s death and said: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday.
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“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion. I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”
Paul rose to fame in the 1990s with his drag queen persona Lily Savage and went on to present Blankety Blank and other Saturday night entertainment programmes.
He went on to host a number of chat shows and also brought his love of dogs to the screen by highlighting the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Paul recently had been on tour playing Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie and was due to present a new show on Boom Radio in less than two weeks’ time for Easter Sunday after leaving his weekly BBC Radio 2 show in August 2022.
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