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Entertainer Des O & # 39; Connor dies at the age of 88


Des O & # 39; Connor died at the age of 88, his agent said.

The entertainer had been hospitalized a little over a week ago following a fall at his Buckinghamshire home, but was recovering and "in high spirits" when his family visited him – under hospital lockdown regulations.

O & # 39; Connor had been looking forward to going home, but his condition suddenly worsened and he slept off peacefully last night. said longtime agent and family friend Pat Lake-Smith.

The agent appreciated a statement, adding, “Des, who was 88 years old, was so loved by absolutely everyone.

Des O & # 39; Connor has died aged 88, his agent said (Image: Des O & # 39; Connor on the Alan Titchmarsh Show, 2011)

Success: Des has had a successful career as a presenter with his hosting credits including Countdown, Today with Des and Mel and Des O'Connor Tonight (pictured 1968).

Success: Des has had a successful career as a presenter with his hosting credits like Countdown, Today with Des and Mel and Des O'Connor Tonight (pictured 1968).

Veteran entertainer Des O'Connor poses with his CBE for services to entertainment and broadcasting after it was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 2008

Des O & # 39; Connor and wife Jodie at the National Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, 2002

Des O & # 39; Connor and wife Jodie at the National Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, 2002

Legends: The presenter was pictured with former co-host Melanie Sykes in 2003 after winning a Royal Television Society program award for her show Today With Des and Mel

Legends: The presenter was pictured with former co-host Melanie Sykes in 2003 after winning a Royal Television Society program award for her show Today With Des and Mel

“He was a pleasure to work with – he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, friendly, and completely professional.

He loved life and thought enthusiasm was almost as important as oxygen. He adored his family – they were everything to him. He is survived by his wife Jodie, their son Adam and his four daughters Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina.

& # 39; Jodie's world is destroyed, she and the daughters of Adam and Des hurt more than you can imagine.

& # 39; Des was the ultimate entertainer. He loved being on stage and entertaining a live audience.

He always said the sound of laughter is like the sound of heavenly music.

& # 39; He has had a fabulous international television career, hosting his own prime-time television shows for over 45 years.

Legend: Des O & # 39; Connor (center) was in a good mood when he and his celebrity friends celebrated Bonnie Lythgoe's 70th birthday party at The Ivy in London in 2019

Legend: Des O & # 39; Connor (center) was in a good mood when he and his celebrity friends celebrated Bonnie Lythgoe's 70th birthday party at The Ivy in London in 2019

Des O & # 39; Connor joins the cast of the Playhouse Theater & # 39; Dreamboats and Petticoats & # 39; in October 2011. in London

Des O & # 39; Connor joins the cast of the Playhouse Theater & # 39; Dreamboats and Petticoats & # 39; in October 2011. in London

The entertainer had been hospitalized a little over a week ago after falling at his Buckinghamshire home (Image: Des O & # 39; Connor with the Spice Girls)

The entertainer had been hospitalized a little over a week ago after falling at his Buckinghamshire home (Image: Des O & # 39; Connor with the Spice Girls)

O'Connor had been looking forward to going home but his condition suddenly worsened and he slept peacefully last night, said his longtime agent and family friend, Pat Lake-Smith (Image: Cilla Black and Des O & # 39; connor with Anthony Andrews, October 2011)

O'Connor had been "looking forward to going home" but his condition "suddenly worsened" and he "slept peacefully" last night, said his longtime agent and family friend, Pat Lake-Smith ( Image: Cilla Black and Des O & # 39; connor with Anthony Andrews, October 2011)

"He played on stage in almost every leading venue in the world."

O & # 39; Connor started his showbiz career in the mid-1950s and began hosting his own TV show in 1963.

The four-time married star has appeared on stages around the world, including hundreds of shows at the London Palladium.

He had his own U.S. television program and his chat show Des O & # 39; Connor Tonight was a staple of British television for a quarter of a century.

He also hosted the Channel 4 quiz show Countdown with Carol Vorderman, with the couple saying goodbye together in 2008.

In 2007, aged 75, he married the singer-songwriter Jodie Brooke Wilson, then 38, four years after his first proposal and 17 years after they first met.

"He was a pleasure to work with – he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, friendly and completely professional," said his agent

Des O & # 39; connor, pictured at the Dreamboats and Petticoats press night at the Playhouse Theater, Charing Cross, 2011

Des O & # 39; connor, pictured at the Dreamboats and Petticoats press night at the Playhouse Theater, Charing Cross, 2011

O'Connor started his showbiz career in the mid-1950s and began hosting his own TV show in 1963 (Image: On the Alan Titchmarsh Show, 2014).

O'Connor started his showbiz career in the mid-1950s and began hosting his own TV show in 1963 (Image: On the Alan Titchmarsh Show, 2014).

They had a son three years before the wedding.

He had four daughters from his three previous marriages.

In his singing career he sold 16 million records and spent 117 weeks in the top 10 of the charts.

O & # 39; Connor has been named a CBE for services to entertainment and broadcasting.

TV star Kate Robbins said Des O'Connor was "a true professional and a beautiful person".

She tweeted: "I am so sad to hear that the wonderful Des O & # 39; Connor has died. He was a true professional and a beautiful person. My love for Jodie and his whole family at this sad time. Rest in peace Des. You are already sorely missed #RipDesOConnor & # 39;

Gyles Brandreth described Des O & # 39; Connor as the "ultimate professional".

In a tweet he wrote: & # 39; Des O & # 39; Connor was such a nice, nice man. The ultimate professional, an impeccable entertainer, skillful, stylish, self-deprecating, funny to be, nice to know. One of the best. RIP Des – a privilege and a real pleasure to have known you. Thanks for the fun & # 39 ;.

The four-time married star has appeared on stages around the world, including hundreds of shows at the London Palladium

The four-time married star has appeared on stages around the world, including hundreds of shows at the London Palladium

He had his own U.S. television program and his chat show Des O'Connor Tonight was a staple of British television for a quarter of a century (Image: Des O'Connor and Bradley Walsh).

He had his own U.S. television program, and his chat show Des O'Connor Tonight was a staple of British television for a quarter of a century (Image: Des O'Connor and Bradley Walsh).

Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules paid tribute to the late Des O & # 39; Connor on Twitter and shared a picture of them together.

He also wrote: & # 39; RIP Des O & # 39; Connor. A handsome man … & # 39;

Melanie Sykes, who hosted Today With Des And Mel alongside O & # 39; Connor, said it was "an education and a privilege to work with".

She wrote on Instagram: “Des had the softest hands I have ever met and the kindest hearts.

& # 39; He had talent in every fiber of his being and was stubborn as a mule. As a friend and colleague, he was the full ticket.

& # 39; When he called me as his co-host for the & # 39; Today & # 39; day show, it was one of the biggest days of my professional life. It was an education and a privilege to work with him in the years that followed.

“We worked long hours, but we always laughed a lot, not least because he kept telling me that I looked like a robber dog when it was show time! I will never forget him these years and I will not forget him either. Darling Des, you'll be missed forever. Melanie x & # 39 ;.

TV star Julian Clary tweeted: "I've always loved Des O'Connor. Happy and kind man. RIP Des & # 39 ;.

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