Tommy Cannon said he was "devastated" today after longtime comedy partner Bobby Ball died at the age of 76 after testing positive for coronavirus.
The comedian, actor, and writer had been to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with breathing problems but passed away at 9:30 p.m. yesterday evening.
His family initially believed Ball had a chest infection when he was rushed to the Lancashire hospital, but a test revealed that he had contracted Covid-19.
Ball's comedy partner Cannon, 82, said, "Rock on, my good friend, I can't believe this, I'm devastated." Ball was known to twist his braces while saying, "Rock on, Tommy."
And his wife Yvonne, who praised the hospital staff for his "wonderful" care for him, added, "I will always miss him, he was so happy, fun and mischievous."
Tommy Ball at the Final of Britain & # 39; s Got Talent in Wembley, North West London, in June 2010
Ball (left) and Tommy Cannon at the British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK Salford in May 2013
Ball, Mrs. Yvonne and their daughter Joanne are pictured for the Daily Mail in January 2007
Ball and his wife Yvonne on I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! in December 2005
Bobby Ball appears on the Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV in London on September 15, 2014
Ball was born Robert Harper on January 28, 1944, and became famous for lifelong friend Cannon on The Cannon & Ball Show from 1979 to 1988.
The Oldham-born Ball met Cannon, whose real name was Thomas Derbyshire, while working as a welder in a factory.
Bobby Ball's 40-year career in television and film
- The Cannon & Ball Show (1979-88)
- Summer Royal (1980)
- The boys in blue Movie (1982)
- The Kenny Everett Show (1982)
- Mr. H is running late, Movie (1988)
- Plaza Patrol (1991)
- Shooting stars (1996)
- The big stage (1999)
- Rex the Runt (2001)
- revolver (2004)
- The royal (2004)
- It's a boy! (2005)
- I am a celebrity (2005)
- Last summer wine (2005-8)
- Heartbeat (2005-2006)
- The afternoon game (2007)
- The fattest man in Britain (2009)
- Don't go out (2009-19)
- All Star Mr & Mrs. (2010)
- Show me the funny (2011)
- Mount Pleasant (2011-17)
- Bus trip (2012)
- accident (2012)
- Be sure to come dance (2012)
- The security guards (2013)
- A little in tents (2017)
- Last laugh in Vegas (2018)
- Benidorm (2018)
- The Cockfields (2019)
Following the success of The Cannon & Ball Show, Ball appeared on a number of television series from 2005 to 2008, including as Lenny in Last Of The Summer Wine.
He also played Topsy Turner in Heartbeat and has appeared in Mount Pleasant, Benidorm and The Cockfields.
Ball played Lee Mack's annoying dad Frank on the 2009 BBC One sitcom Not Going Out and participated in a 2012 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.
He has also appeared on television series such as Last Of The Summer Wine, Heartbeat, Mount Pleasant, Benidorm, The Cockfields, and Not Going Out.
The duo starred together in the films The Boys in Blue 1982 and Mr H Is Late 1988 and appeared on I & # 39; m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in the year 2005.
He is survived by two sons, Robert and Darren, with his first wife Joan Lynn and his daughter Joanne with Yvonne Nugent.
The couple, who live in Lytham, Lancashire and have been married for 46 years, have 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ball was the patron of the local NHS Blue Skies Charity and the couple recently hosted a variety show raising £ 30,000 for the development of the dementia garden at Clifton Hospital in Lytham.
Ball Manager Phil Dale said: “It is with great sadness that I announce on behalf of Yvonne Ball, the family and Tommy Cannon that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on October 28, 2020 (at 9:30 pm).
Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests when he started having breathing problems. It was initially thought to be a breast infection, but one test turned out positive for Covid-19.
& # 39; His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff couldn't have been more wonderful as they were superb in their caring and doing everything for him and they cannot praise them enough.
Cannon and Ball laugh as they appear on ITV's Lorraine program on March 27, 2018
Ball attends Bernie Nolan's funeral in July 2013 at the Grand Theater, Blackpool
Ball arrives for Norman Collier's funeral at St. Helen & # 39; s Church in Welton, Hull, March 2013
Comedians (from left) Ball, Frank Carson and Tommy Cannon arrive for Bernard Manning's funeral at the Blackley Crematorium in Manchester in June 2007
Tommy Cannon (left) and Bobby Ball (right) pose for an ITV promotional photo in May 2001
Cannon (left) and Ball with the mourners at Marti Caine's funeral in Sheffield in November 1995
The comedy duo Cannon (left) and Ball (right) are pictured together in April 1993
She said that the family and Tommy want to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all have feel.
Yvonne added that her need for privacy must be a priority at this point. No further announcements or statements will be made. & # 39;
Mr. Dale added, “Bobby was a real comedy star who loved to entertain people and he loved life itself. I talked to him every day and it would always end in laughter. & # 39;
That morning, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby paid tribute to Bobby Ball on their show.
Cannon and Ball sing together on ITV at the London Palladium in the West End in June 1987
Cannon (right) and Balk with model Erica Preston outside the London Palladium for a photocall for the pantomime & # 39; Babes in the Wood & # 39; in April 1987
Cannon and Ball pose for a picture outside the London Palladium in April 1987
Cannon (left) and Ball (right) with guests The Nolans (left to right) Bernie Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Maureen Nolan and Anne Nolan ahead of their summer season in Bournemouth in May 1986
(From left) Ball, comedian Marti Caine on her groom's knee, Ken Ives and Tommy Cannon, after Marti and Ken got married in February 1985 at the Birmingham Register Office
Ball on the Cannon & Ball Show on ITV in June 1984. The show ran from 1979 to 1988
Cannon and Ball co-stars in the film The Boys in Blue, which screened in November 1982
Schofield said, “He was such a lovely man. A really lovable, sweet, kind man … & # 39;
Willoughby added: 'Yes. Such a lovely man … and our thoughts are obviously with his friends and family at this time. I send a lot of love to you all. & # 39;
And singer Robbie Williams tweeted: "God bless you, Bobby Ball. Thanks for the memories and the laughter. RIP red heart. & # 39;
Blue singer Antony Costa, who attended I'm A Celebrity with Ball, tweeted, “I just heard the news about my friend and colleague, I'm a celebrity candidate, Bobby Ball.
& # 39; I'm devastated by the news. The thoughts go to Yvonne and the family. RIP Bobby Ball. Very very sad. & # 39;
Cannon (left) and Ball (right) prepare for their first film "Boys In Blue" in front of the Dominion Theater in London in May 1982
Cannon (left) and Ball (right) outside the Dominion Theater in London's West End in May 1982
Long-time comedy partners Cannon and Ball had their own TV show which aired in June 1980
Cannon (left) and Ball pose together for a portrait photo in Manchester in 1980
Cannon and Ball, who had their own show from 1979 to 1988, pose in Manchester in 1980
Cannon and Ball in September 1978 with London weekend television crew Jimmy Edwards, Bruce Forsyth, ex-Dior model Anthea Redfern and Charlie Drake
Comedian Jason Manford said: “It's so broken to read about the death of comedy legend Bobby Ball. Such a strange man.
“The comedy community is poorer without him. Go on. RIP, Bobby Ball. & # 39;
And TV star Les Dennis said, “I just heard the sad news that the wonderful Bobby Ball has died. He was a real entertainer with really funny bones. Thoughts with Tommy, Yvonne and his family during this sad time. RIP, Bobby & # 39 ;.
BBC radio host Tony Blackburn tweeted, “I'm sorry to hear that Bobby Ball has passed away. He was a very funny man and has given us a good comedy over the years. RIP, thanks for the laugh.
Shane Richie tweeted a picture of herself with Ball and said, “35 years ago my hero became my friend.
A hospital where Bobby Ball was being treated had most beds in the UK occupied by Covid-19 patients
The hospital where comedian Bobby Ball died today in the UK has most of the beds used by coronavirus patients.
A doctor at Blackpool Victoria Hospital said operations there could be stopped if coronavirus cases don't decrease.
Blackpool Victoria Hospital in Lancashire
Dr. Jim Gardner, medical director of the NHS trust who runs the hospital, said they were overcrowded with patients and were forced to abandon surgery to deal with it.
He said there were 128 coronavirus patients on wards in Blackpool Victoria and 50 in Clifton Hospital in St. Annes.
About 18 are in the Vic's intensive care unit, although there are more fights for their lives that tested positive more than 14 days ago. About 21 people had died after testing positive for the virus since last Wednesday.
He said, "That gives an idea of how serious the situation is for the hospital and the community at the moment."
Blackpool's infection rate continues to grow. It's now at 445.3 per 100,000 people, up from 314.8 the week before, with 621 new cases confirmed in just seven days.
“You always knew when Bobby was in the room, he could make you laugh and cry with just one look.
& # 39; The biggest heart and the warmest smile that filled stages anywhere. I loved you, Bobby Ball, and I always will. Really unique. Sleep well, cocker. & # 39;
And Peep Show star Neil Fitzmaurice tweeted: “I'm on my way to the Sharpe project.
“A place we filmed Mount Pleasant for eight years. A place where we shared love and laughter with Bobby Ball. I just heard he was gone. Heartbroken it doesn't cover.
& # 39; A wonderful, fun, kind, extremely talented gentleman. God bless you, Bobby! & # 39;
Nick Knowles tweeted: & # 39; Sad news Bobby Ball has died. I visited C&B when they were at the top of their game in the West End – he just had funny bones. REST IN PEACE & # 39 ;.
Sherrie Hewson of Loose Women tweeted, “Heartbroken, my beautiful, funny, talented, generous friend Bobby Ball left.
“He made me laugh more than anyone I know. He will be so missed by millions. He will always be in our hearts. I love you bobs & # 39;
Actress Diane Morgan, who starred alongside Ball in The Cockfields, tweeted, “It's so sad to hear from Bobby Ball. It was such a pleasure working with him. Never stopped making us all laugh. We will miss you, Bobby. & # 39;
And Oldham Athletic tweeted: & # 39; Oldham Athletic would like to offer its sincere condolences to Bobby Ball's family and friends after seeing the sad news of his death.
& # 39; Always remembered thanks to the legendary & # 39; Boys In Blue & # 39; Cup Final Soundtracks. #OAFC Because & # 39; the Latics will do anything for Oldham. & # 39;
A Rochdale Hornets tweet said: “Rochdale Hornets is saddened today that former director and comedy legend Bobby Ball has passed away. The thoughts of everyone in the club are with Bobby's loved ones.
Qdos Pantomimes tweeted: “It is a very sad day in Pantoland as we celebrate the death of our beloved friend, the legendary Bobby Ball.
"His comic and pantomime legacy will never be forgotten, and we extend our deepest condolences to his beloved family and of course his best buddy Tommy."
Celebrities who died after being diagnosed with Covid-19
The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects worldwide.
High profile figures like the Prince of Wales, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are among the more than 3.5 million people who have tested positive for Covid-19.
While Charles, Hanks, and Mr. Johnson made a full recovery from the disease, other known victims have been less fortunate.
Here are some of the celebrities who died after being diagnosed with the virus:
– Dave Greenfield
The Stranglers keyboardist died on May 3rd and contracted the coronavirus after a long hospital stay due to heart problems. As a long-time member of the influential punk outfit, Greenfield was known for his distinctive sound and playing style, which made use of instruments such as harpsichord and Hammond organ. He was 71 years old.
– Tim Brooke-Taylor
The goodies star died on April 12 at the age of 79 after contracting the virus. He became known as part of the comic trio of the 1970s alongside Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. After Brooke-Taylor died, Oddie described him as an "extremely gracious, nice guy".
– Terrence McNally
McNally's career as a world-famous playwright spanned six decades, earning him four competitive Tony Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award last year. His works include the pieces Love! Bravery! Compassion! and master class as well as the books for the musicals Ragtime and Kiss Of The Spider Woman. He died of complications from a coronavirus at the age of 81 on March 24 in a Sarasota, Florida hospital, his publicist said.
– Adam Schlesinger
The US musician was known to be part of the band Fountains Of Wayne. Schlesinger, 52, was diagnosed with Covid-19 and died on April 1 in a New York hospital. Tom Hanks and Mark Ronson were among those who pay tribute.
– John Prine
The singer-songwriter, one of the most influential figures in American folk and country music, was hospitalized on March 26th and died on April 7th. A representative said his cause of death was complications from Covid-19. Prine, who deserved comparison with Bob Dylan, was 73 years old.
– Andrew Jack
The Star Wars actor died on March 31, aged 76, after being diagnosed with coronavirus, according to his agent. He appeared as General Ematt in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, as well as Solo: A Star Wars Tale and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Jack was also a dialect trainer.
– Fred the godson
The Bronx-born rapper, 35, died on April 23 after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Fred the Godson, real name Fredrick Thomas, had informed fans about his fight against the disease and shared a selfie from his hospital bed. He had worked with artists such as Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T.
– Eddie Large
The comedian, who delighted audiences for decades as part of his Little And Large partnership with Syd Little, died on April 2 at the age of 78. He died after contracting coronavirus in hospital for heart failure.
– Mark Blum
Blum, the star of such films as Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee, died on March 25 of complications from the coronavirus. He was 69 years old. Madonna, who starred alongside Blum in Desperately Seeking Susan, was one of the tributes.
– Joe Diffie
The Grammy-winning country singer died on March 29, aged 61, after testing positive for the virus. In the 1990s he had a number of hits with ballads and honky-tonk singles such as Home and Pickup Man.
– Ellis Marsalis Jr.
The jazz pioneer died aged 85 after being diagnosed with coronavirus, his son said. Marsalis Jr. – known as the "legend" of the New Orleans jazz scene – was the patriarch of a well-known musical family. He died on April 1st.
– Patricia Bosworth
The actress and writer once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies of stars like Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. She died on April 2nd at the age of 86. Her stepdaughter said the pneumonia caused by the coronavirus was the leading cause of death.
– Bobby Ball
Half of the comedy duo Cannon & Ball, Ball died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19. He was best known for the long-running hit The Cannon & Ball Show, but recently gained new fans with the BBC sitcom Not Going Out.
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