British comedian Ken Dodd, a legendary variety performer known for his unruly hair and buck teeth, has died at the age of 90, his publicist said Monday.
Publicist Robert Holmes said Dodd died on Sunday at his Liverpool home, the same house where he was born 90 years ago.
Dodd, who had recently been hospitalized with a chest infection, married his long-time partner Anne Jones on Friday.
Instantly recognizable for his mop of hair and crooked teeth, Dodd came up through the ranks of Britain’s variety circuit, where performers kept demanding crowds entertained with some songs, a bit of dance and a slew of jokes.
Dodd was famous for his rapid-fire one-liners and marathon stand-up shows, even into his 80s. In the 1960s he held the Guinness world record for the longest joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.
His signature prop was a tickling stick — a sort of comedy feather duster — and colorfully clad, diminutive companions known as the Diddy Men.
Dodd was knighted last year by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming Sir Ken Dodd.
Holmes said Dodd “was one of the last music hall greats.”
“With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety,” he said.