The Oldham born comedy icon, who won the hearts of the British people alongside Tommy Cannon, died in hospital in Blackpool on Wednesday.
A statement issued by Bobby Ball’s manager on Thursday read: ‘It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball (Bobby’s wife), and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on October 28, 2020, at approximately 9.30pm.
British comedian Bobby Ball has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for COVID-19. Pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock
‘Bobby Ball 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.’
The statement continued: ‘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 Ball and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.
The Oldham born comedy icon, who won the hearts of the British people alongside Tommy Cannon, died in hospital in Blackpool on Wednesday. Pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock
‘Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made.’
Speaking about her late husband, Yvonne Ball stated: ‘I will always miss him, Bobby Ball was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.’
Tommy Cannon stated: ‘Rock on, good friend. I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.’
Tommy and Bobby Ball shared an eponymous variety show on ITV for almost 10 years, starting out gigging in pubs and clubs before making their screen debut.