Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
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One of the UK's most popular comedians, Ken Dodd, has passed away at the age of 90.

Best known for his long stand-up performances – which he toured up until last year – and tickle stick, the Liverpudlian passed away at the home he grew up in in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, after a six-week stint in hospital for a chest infection.

After making his first professional appearance at the Theatre Royal Stockport in 1954, Dodd went on to make his name in music halls and theatres around the country before finding larger fame on the small screen. He also penned songs including "Happiness" and the chart-topping "Tears", which has sold over 1.5 million copies and is one of the bestselling UK singles of all time.

Many of his stand-up shows would run until the early hours of the morning, and in 1974 he broke the Guinness world record for the longest uninterrupted joke-telling session, in which he told 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours, or just over seven per minute.

Just last year Dodd was knighted at Buckingham Palace, as well as being honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the British Music Hall Society.

Announcing the comedian's death, publicist Robert Holmes said: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats."

Leading entertainment world figures have been reacting to the news on Twitter: