Reports of Freddie Starr's death

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During a segment on Friday (May 10), Eamonn and wife Ruth Langsford discussed the comic's tragic death which was reported the night before.

"I was as choked as anyone when I heard the news".

Shaw said, "He was an unpredictable genius". A natural funnyman and hilarious.

Russ Abbott paid tribute to Starr and said he helped launch his career.

"He was hugely popular in his day, unique in his unpredictability and bursting with a talent not seen before or since".

At one time, a mainstay of the comedy circuit, he was described by Bobby Davro this morning as "the funniest man I have ever seen".

Known for his zany and often outrages routines in comedy, impressions, singing and acting, the comic later appeared on I'm a Celebrity. Someone said he was living in that place in Spain. She added that she'd left him alone, but later became concerned when she couldn't get hold of him. Police arrived first and then later an ambulance arrived and he was taken away. Rest in peace, Freddie.

Paying tribute to his friend on the ITV show today, he branded Freddie the "funniest man ever", reports the Daily Mirror. "He had amusing bones".

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"I hope his legacy is not smalled down and he's remembered with a smile".

In his autobiography, Freddie maintained he had "never eaten or even nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small mammal".

Comedian Jim Davidson also tweeted: "Just heard the news".

His own shows including The Freddie Starr Show, An Audience with Freddie Starr and Beat The Crusher followed.

Former Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle said he had been a "great comedian", while Apprentice boss Lord Sugar hailed him as a "very amusing man".

The Merseyside-born entertainer who rose to fame in the 1970s was found dead at his home in Mijas, Spain. "RIP to our greatest comedian of all time", the post on his official Facebook page read.

Starr was previously the lead singer of pop group the Midniters during the early 1960s, and later came to fame in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance.

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