Bobby died after contracting Covid-19, his management confirmed on Thursday morning.
In a statement, his spokesperson said that Bobby had first been taken to hospital for tests after experiencing breathing problems.
“At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19,” they said.
“Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated,” he said.
Bobby’s wife said: “I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.”
The comic’s manager Phil Dale said: “Bobby was a true comedy star who loved entertaining people and he loved life itself. I spoke to him every day and it would always end in laughter.”
Fellow comic Les Dennis paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “Just heard the sad news that the wonderful Bobby Ball has died. He was a true entertainer with real funny bones. Thoughts with Tommy,Yvonne and his family at this sad time. RIP Bobby.”
Just heard the sad news that the wonderful Bobby Ball has died. He was a true entertainer with real funny bones. Thoughts with Tommy,Yvonne and his family at this sad time. RIP Bobby
— Les Dennis (@LesDennis) October 29, 2020
Comedian Jason Manford paid his respects on Twitter, describing Bobby as a “comedy legend”.
“So heartbroken to read about the passing of comedy legend Bobby Ball,” he tweeted. “Such a hilarious man. The comedy community is a poorer place without him.”
— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) October 29, 2020
Rest in Peace @TheBobbyBall. Thank you for making me laugh since I was a young lad with my red braces on impersonating you. Was a genuine highlight of my life getting to speak to you.
— Chris Moyles (@ChrisMoyles) October 29, 2020
Heartbroken that my gorgeous funny talented generous friend Bobby Ball has gone . He made me laugh more than anyone I know . He will be so missed by millions . He will always be in our hearts . Love you Bobs xxxxxx
— sherrie hewson (@SherrieHewson) October 29, 2020
Dearest Bobby,rest in peace,you legend,you beauty,always at the end of the phone for me. Making me laugh since I was born. You will be so very missed, the laughter in heaven today will be exceedingly loud 😢😢😢#rockontommy #rip Tommy,Yvonne my prayers are with you 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/fYob4Oo1Dx
— Lisa Jane riley (@Reallisariley) October 29, 2020
So sorry to hear that Bobby Ball has passed away. He was a very funny man and gave us some good comedy over the years. R.I.P. thanks for the laughs.
— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) October 29, 2020
Sad news Bobby Ball has died. I went to see C&B when they were at the top of their game in the west end - he just had funny bones
— Nick Knowles (@MrNickKnowles) October 29, 2020
I’m so terribly sad to hear that the brilliant Bobby Ball has died. Apparently he had corona virus. God bless your beautiful soul Bobby.
You were so funny and lovely. Rest in peace Bob. Xxx
— Kate Robbins (@KateRobbins) October 29, 2020
Just heard the news about my friend and fellow I’m a celebrity contestant Bobby ball ...I’m devastated by the news. Thoughts go out to the Yvonne and the family R.I.P #bobbyball xx so so sad x
— Antony Costa (@AntonyCosta) October 29, 2020
Bobby was most famous for his work as one half of Cannon and Ball, who appeared in the variety show Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night, before landing their own series.
The Cannon And Ball Show went on to run for nine years, eventually coming to an end in December 1988.
Cannon and Ball first met when they began working in the same factory, before venturing into the world of comedy as a duo.
More recently, Bobby competed in the fifth series of I’m A Celebrity, and appeared in the Sky comedy Mount Pleasant.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.