Source: Nottingham Post
- Beloved TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has died “unexpectedly but peacefully” at the age of 67.
- He rose to fame in the 1980s with his drag queen character Lily Savage.
Comedian and TV presenter Paul O’Grady dies aged 67
English comedian and presenter Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67. According to a statement from her husband Andre Portasio, the comedian died suddenly but peacefully on Tuesday evening.
Mr. Portasio said in the statement:
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul passed away suddenly but peacefully last night.”
Portasio expressed his gratitude for the love he has received over the years from her husband.
“He will be sorely missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all who enjoyed his humor, wit and compassion. I know he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.
O’Grady had been on tour playing Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie and had recently returned from a gig in Newcastle.
He had also recently quit a radio station after reports suggested he was unhappy sharing his Sunday afternoon slot. Paul was scheduled to present on Boom Radio for Easter Sunday in less than two weeks.
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Tributes poured in for the comedian
Paul O’Grady was a man loved by many and his sudden passing shocked many people.
Mr Prince wrote on Twitter:
“He was so proud of Annie, so happy to be back on Boom Radio, and he looked forward to so many new projects. And now he’s gone. I can’t believe it. We’ve lost a unique talent – and I lost a very dear friend.
ITV’s Lorraine Kelly wrote:
“Such sad news. Paul O’Grady – funny, fearless, brave, kind and wise. “He will be sorely missed.”
Tom Knight also posted his tribute on Twitter:
“RIP Paul O’Grady AKA the legendary Lily Savage, you will be missed. 💔”
Human rights activist Peter Tatchell wrote:
“Paul was not just a brilliant comedian and television personality, but a much admired activist for LGBT+ equality and animal rights.”
“Paul planned to lead our next campaign for the police to apologize for their historic persecution of the LGBT+ community. We will miss him. Our sincere condolences to his partner André and all who loved him.
Short biography of Paul O’Grady
Paul O’Grady is a British comedian, actor and television personality, born June 14, 1955 in Birkenhead, England.
He is best known for his drag queen persona, Lily Savage, which he developed in the 1980s and used as a vehicle for his comedy and cabaret performances.
O’Grady began her entertainment career as a social worker in London, but soon began performing as Lily Savage in clubs and bars around the city.
In 1992 he made his television debut as Savage in the BBC series ‘The Big Breakfast’, and went on to host his own talk show, ‘The Lily Savage Show’ on ITV from 1997 to 2000. .
In addition to her work as Lily Savage, O’Grady has appeared on a number of other television shows, including “Blankety Blank”, “The Paul O’Grady Show” and “For the Love of Dogs”, a documentary series about the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
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