English comedian Bobby Ball, who’s best known for being part of comedy double Cannon and Ball alongside his long-term friend and colleague Tommy Cannon, has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for coronavirus.
His manager, Phil Dale, confirmed the news in a statement, The Guardian reports. “It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria hospital on 28 October 2020,” his manager said.
“Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. At first, it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19. His wife, Yvonne, said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.
“She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.”
Many celebrities have since shared their condolences, with Tommy leading tributes. Speaking to ITV, he said: “I just, I can’t come to grips with it. I keep thinking he’s going to be calling me any minute now and deep down I know that he’s not. He was such a great lad to work with — I had more fun than the audience, to be honest with you. It [was] a privilege to work with him.
He continued: “Anything that he used to do on stage, he could bring you to tears, make you laugh the next second. ‘Rock on Tommy’ became legendary, because he came on stage one day and there was a song recorded called Rock On and I think after we’d done the series Bob came out on stage on night and shouted, ‘Go on, Rock on Tommy!’ And that were it the whole country was saying it within days. He was a very special, very special sort of man.”
"I keep thinking he's going to be calling me any minute now and deep down I know that he's not."
Tommy Cannon has spoken to ITV News about the death of his friend and double act partner Bobby Ball.
— ITV Granada Reports (@GranadaReports) October 29, 2020
Meanwhile, English broadcaster Piers Morgan took to Twitter to pay tribute, writing: “RIP Bobby Ball, 76 – a wonderfully funny man (pictured here with his long-time comedy partner & friend Tommy Cannon) who has died from Covid-19. Sad news.”
RIP Bobby Ball, 76 – a wonderfully funny man (pictured here with his long-time comedy partner & friend Tommy Cannon) who has died from Covid-19. Sad news. pic.twitter.com/j4FuBgrwaR
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 29, 2020
English actor Daniel Mays wrote: “RIP to the legendary Bobby Ball. What a loss. Loved watching him as a kid in Cannon & Ball. The fondest memories meeting him on the set of Mrs Biggs and bumped into him again in a hotel for a wedding I was attending. I was totally starstruck on both occasions! That smile.”
While English actor Reece Dinsdale added: “Some people strive to be funny… others simply are. The man had funny in his bones. My dad simply adored him. Sleep well, Bobby Ball. Well played, sir!”
And English actress Sarah Parish tweeted: “Dearest Bobby. RIP you lovely man. #BobbyBall #legend.”
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