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Des O’Connor dead: Legendary entertainer passes away aged 88

TV presenter, singer and comedian Des O’Connor has died in his family home.

Des O’Connor has died at the age of 88, his agent has confirmed.

The comedian and TV presenter passed away in his sleep on Saturday after a fall at his family home in Buckinghamshire last week.

Des’ agent said in a statement: “It is with great sorrow that I confirm that Des O’Connor passed away yesterday.

“He had been admitted to hospital just over a week ago, following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.

“Unfortunately yesterday evening his condition suddenly deteriorated and he drifted peacefully away in his sleep.”

Des is survived by his wife Jodie, son Adam and four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina.

Fans will know the star best for hosting his own chat show, as well as Take Your Pick.

Des also hosted Countdown alongside Carol Vorderman until 2008, and he was made a CBE for his services to entertainment and broadcasting in the same year.

 

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