Bobby Ball has died after testing positive for Covid-19

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by Stephen Chapman

Bobby Ball, one half of the comedy double act, Cannon & Ball has died, after testing positive for Covid-19.

His manager confirmed that the 79 year old had passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital last night.

"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 the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30,” read the statement.

"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.

"Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made."

Oldham-born, Ball, was part of one of the most successful British comedy acts of all time.

The ITV series, The Cannon and Ball Show ran for 9 years between 1979 and 1988 and Ball went on to work on sitcoms and dramas including Last of the Summer Wine, Not Going Out and Heartbeat.

Controller of BBC Comedy, Shane Allen, said: 

“We are devastated to hear the sad news of Bobby Ball passing away. He was a powder keg of comedy who entertained audiences of all ages for decades. He was funny to the end, having just completed his work on the forthcoming Not Going Out series and we all feel immensely privileged to have enjoyed the benefit of his talents. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time.”

He’s played Barry in Sky 1’s Mount Pleasant since 2011 and appeared in Caroline Aherne and Jeff Pope’s pilot, The Security Men.

In 2011, he appeared in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

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