British TV presenter and comic Paul O’Grady, finest identified for his drag queen persona Lily Savage, has died at 67, his accomplice has confirmed.
The star died “unexpectedly however peacefully” on Tuesday night, an announcement shared with the PA information company through a consultant stated.
His accomplice Andre Portasio stated in his assertion: “It’s with nice unhappiness that I inform you that Paul has handed away unexpectedly however peacefully yesterday night.”
“We ask, at this troublesome time, that while you rejoice his life you additionally respect our privateness as we come to phrases with this loss.
“He might be drastically missed by his family members, mates, household, animals and all those that loved his humour, wit and compassion.
“I do know that he would need me to thanks for all of the love you’ve got proven him through the years.”
O’Grady and Portasio had been married throughout a low-key marriage ceremony ceremony in 2017.
Throughout his profession, he hosted The Paul O’Grady Present, Blind Date and Blankety Clean, in addition to ITV’s multi-award-winning For The Love Of Canines.
He additionally hosted ITV movie star sport present, Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Evening Line Up.
In August 2022 he introduced his remaining BBC Radio 2 present having hosted the Sunday afternoon program for practically 14 years.
O’Grady’s mom’s maiden identify was Savage, which is believed to have impressed his well-known drag alter ego.
O’Grady’s profession as Savage took off with TV and radio appearances in character and he was ultimately requested to take over from Paula Yates as The Large Breakfast presenter as Savage from 1995 to 1996.
He took on chat present The Lily Savage Present for the BBC for a brief run in 1997 and later that 12 months had success because the host of a revived model of sport present Blankety Clean, which ran till 2002.
All through his profession O’Grady received quite a few accolades together with a TV BAFTA, a British Comedy Award, and a Nationwide Tv Award for The Paul O’Grady Present.
He was made an MBE within the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours for companies to leisure.
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