Paul O’Grady: TV presenter and comedian has passed away at the age of 67

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Presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has passed away at the age of 67.

He passed away “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening. his partner Andre Portasio said in a statement.

O’Grady rose to fame in the 1990s with his popular character Lily Savage, as he went on to host the game show Blankety Blank and other light entertainment programs.

Later in his career, he moved on to host a number of chat shows and also displayed his love of dogs on screen.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening,” said Mr Portasio.

“He will be missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and everyone who enjoyed his sense of humor, wit and compassion.

“I know he wants me to thank you for all the love you’ve shown him over the years.”

O’Grady’s most recent appearance has been in the latest series of ITV’s For The Love of Dogs – a series he helped launch in 2012, following the staff at Battersea Dogs Home and the pets they look after.

He also recently toured playing Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie.

Writing on Instagram a few weeks ago after returning from performing in Newcastle, O’Grady said he was “thoroughly enjoying” playing the role again after such a long time “especially with a really great cast.”

It was due to be on Boom Radio in less than two weeks on Easter Sunday.

During his career he hosted The Paul O’Grady Show on ITV and Channel 4, as well as the popular ITV game show Paul O’ Grady’s Saturday Night Line Up.

He also took over the reins of presenting Blind Date from close friend Cilla Black, during the 2017 re-run of the programme, on Channel 5.

O’Grady, who lived at Aldington, near Ashford, was appointed as one of Kent’s deputy assistants in November. The role is responsible for representing the King at events in the area.

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