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'A legend and an inspiration': tributes to Sir Ken Dodd

Sir Ken Dodd at a civic lunch to mark his 90th birthday at Liverpool Town Hall. Photo: PA

Sir Ken Dodd has been described as a "legend" and an "inspiration" as celebrities and fans shared fond memories of the popular comedian following his death at the age of 90.

The comic, who died on Sunday, was famous for his epic stand-up shows and his tickling stick, and had a legion of loyal followers whom he continued to entertain even through his later years.

As news of his death broke in the early hours of Monday morning, fellow comedians and television stars paid tribute to Sir Ken on social media.

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Comic Gary Delaney called him "one of the all time greats", and, referencing the fact Sir Ken's shows could often last for hours on end, added: "The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday."

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Television personality Claire Sweeney, a fellow Liverpudlian, shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter.

Alongside them, she wrote: "RIP Sir Ken Dodd. A legend and an inspiration. I have a lot to thank You for. I Was thrilled you had the best birthday party in Liverpool before you left us. Your city, friends,Family and Show business will miss you terribly."

Paul Chan, known for playing Mr Wu in comedy series Benidorm, wrote about a chance encounter his mother had had with Sir Ken several decades ago.

He said: "In the late 70's he came to my mum's chippy and ordered fish 'n' chips. He left and sat in his Rolls Royce, parked outside, eating them. Then he came back in to ask for the bin and drove off. My mum didn't know who he was. That's my Ken Dodd story."

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Sir Ken died in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, at the same house in which he was born in 1927.

Julian Richings, who has appeared in films such as X-Men: The Last Stand, described him as a "music hall great, entertainment legend, Liverpool pride", adding: "The lights are out in Knotty Ash."

Fans also paid their own tributes, and many of Sir Ken's infamous jokes were shared on Twitter.

One fan wrote: "Appropriate that this should be announced at about 1:15am as this is the sort of time his shows finished. What a legend, happiness was your greatest gift to us."

And another said: "Thank you for your amazing sense of humour and the laughs you left us with."

Ken Dodd's neighbour perfectly summed up why he'll be missed.

"He'd potter up and down the road, he had weird hats and everybody, he had something to say to everybody," Eileen told ITV News.

She added: "His biggest legacy is nobody will ever think of the name Ken Dodd without a smile on their face and that's the sadness.

"He's left us, he's given everybody happiness and he's left us with sadness."

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