Comedian Ken Dodd dies aged 90

The veteran comic holding his famous white and blue'tickling stick surrounded by his Diddymen

Sir Ken's publicist Robert Holmes added: "With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety". It was the third biggest-selling single of the decade, and remains one of the UK's best-selling singles of all time.

Holmes said of Sir Ken's marriage: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry".

The comedian outsold monster hits such as Can't Buy Me Love and I Feel Fine by the Liverpudlian rockers, which were placed in fourth and fifth position in the chart.

Twitter is also mourning the comedian/ actor's death.

The Official Charts Company also revealed that the track is the 38th bestselling song of all time in the United Kingdom and, since its release, Tears has shifted more than 1.52 million copies, excluding streams. It was only outsold by two tunes from The Beatles!

And on Channel 5 at 9pm, Terror in the Air is replaced by Ken Dodd: In His Own Words, a documentary about his career featuring an interview with Dodd and contributions from Michael Billington, Miriam Margolyes, Ricky Tomlinson, Roy Hudd, John Birt, Michael Grade and Tim Vine.

She tweeted: "So sad to hear of Ken Dodd's death".

The Great British Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig recalled a time when she dined out with the comedian and "laughed and laughed and tried not to drown in my soup".

Sir Ken was a regular fixture of the Congress Theatre Summer Season and he provided many hours of laughs even in just one of his shows - his performances were legendary it would be a short show if it was a five hour performance.

Other tributes came from actor John Challis, who played Boycie in comedy television series Only Fools and Horses, and Hollyoaks actor Annie Wallace, who described him as a "true son of handsome Liverpool".

"Thanks for all the laughs Ken, you made me, and a lot of people laugh for many years". A fine entertainer and true son of handsome Liverpool, never to be forgotten.

He Wednesday Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday and an announcement was due to go out later this week about the marriage.

"He lived to ideal his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences".

Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, will officially open the book at 11.30am.

"Ken was a phenomenal entertainer and I was proud to have called him my friend. He will be sadly missed".

The flags at the Town Hall, St George's Hall, Cunard Building and Central Library will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect.

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