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Comedian Max Bygraves dies

Comedian, singer and variety performer Max Bygraves has died in Australia aged 89, his agent said.

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Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck pays tribute to Max Bygraves

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, a close friend of Bygraves, has paid tribute to "one of the greats of British entertainment".

"I have nothing but lovely memories of him. He was a big, big influence on me, " he told BBC News.

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck pays tribute to Max Bygraves. Credit: Press Association

Mr Tarbuck added: "He had the audience in the palm of his hand quicker than any other comedian I have seen.

"They loved him and you don't get that love very often.

"He had a great deal of charm.

"He could be very cheeky - he was a rascal.

"He would stroll on and just wow them. He was one of the all-time greats of British entertainment - a king of the Palladium.

"He would have them roaring with laughter, singing along and with a tear in their eye."

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