Tributes Paid To Des O'Connor Following His Death, Aged 88

·Entertainment Editor, HuffPost UK
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Tributes from across the entertainment world have been paid to Des O’Connor, following his death at the age of 88.

The entertainer died in hospital on Saturday following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire last week.

Des O'Connor has died at the age of 88 (Photo: Robbie Jack via Getty Images)
Des O'Connor has died at the age of 88 (Photo: Robbie Jack via Getty Images)

After news of his death was announced on Sunday morning, the likes of Piers Morgan, Carol Vorderman, Paddy McGuinness, Julian Clary, Danny John-Jules, and Labour Party deputy leader Angela Rayner remembered Des in social media tributes.

Des’ former co-host Melanie Sykes also shared a heartfelt tribute to him on Instagram, calling it an “education and privilege” to have worked with him.

The pair presented Today With Des And Mel on ITV between 2002 and 2006.

Des’ agent Pat Lake-Smith confirmed news of his death on Sunday morning.

She said he had been recovering well but his condition suddenly deteriorated and he died in his sleep.

Des presented his own prime-time TV shows for over 45 years before teaming up with Melanie to host Today With Des And Mel in 2002.

His other TV credits include Take Your Pick and Countdown, while he also released 36 albums over his career.

He is survived by his wife Jodie, their son Adam and his four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina.


Des O'Connor Dies Aged 88

Melanie Sykes Pays Heartbreaking Tribute To Former Co-Host Des O'Connor: 'It Was An Education And Privilege'

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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