Tributes are being paid to Ken Dodd

The veteran comic holding his famous white and blue'tickling stick surrounded by his Diddymen

Liverpudlian comedy legend Ken Dodd has died aged 90.

His publicist says he passed away yesterday at the home where he was born in Liverpool.

His death came two days after he married his girlfriend of 40 years, Anne Jones in his house in Liverpool, England.

"He was a comedy legend and genius".

Ken and Anne married on Friday 9 March, two weeks after Ken was discharged from Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital following six weeks of treatment for a severe chest infection.

The comic made his debut as a professional at the age of 26, with only his second performance at the Sunderland Empire in October 1954.

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It showed. He was as popular in the latter years as he was in the 1960s when he became a household name thanks to his stand-up routines, his tickling sticks and his Diddy Men.

Previous year he was knighted for his charity work and his outstanding career in entertainment which has lasted for six decades.

Comic Gary Delaney called him "one of the all time greats", and, referencing the fact Sir Ken's shows could often last for hours on end, added: "The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday".

"To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats", his publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association.

"I have been so very, very well-treated - I can't praise the staff here too highly", he said, the Sun reported. "It's absolutely wonderful", added Holmes. Anne is obviously very upset. "RIP", Comedian Dara O Briain tweeted.

In 1994, his Ken Dodd: An Audience With Ken Dodd show was filmed and released on video, followed in 1996 by the Ken Dodd: Live Laughter Tour and then Another Audience With Ken Dodd in 2002.