Comedian Bobby Ball Dies in Hospital After Testing Positive for Covid-19

Bobby Ball has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19

Bobby Ball: Cannon & Ball star dies aged 76 after Covid-19 diagnosis

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Ball competed in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special in 2012.

An announcement issued by Ball's supervisor (by way of The Guardian) mentioned: "It's with nice private disappointment that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the household, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball handed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the twenty eighth October 2020 roughly 21:30".

Tommy Cannon has said he is "devastated" following the death of his comedy partner Bobby Ball at the age of 76.

Bobby Ball has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19

Taking to the micro-blogging site, Debbie took the opportunity to react to Jimmy Cricket's post, as he shared a snap of the comedians together. "Are thoughts and prayers are with Yvonne and his family".

Keith Lemon writes "Sad times. A very sad day".

The variety show took place in 2008 just eight years before Debbie's spouse died.

Comedian Jason Manford said he was "heartbroken" at the news of Ball's death.

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"My sincerest condolences go out to @TheTommyCannon Yvonne and the family".

A third added: "RIP Bobby Ball".

Leading the tributes, Tommy Cannon said: "Rock on, my good friend, I can't believe this, I'm devastated".

Dale added: "Bobby was a true comedy star who loved entertaining people and he loved life itself".

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"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".

Cannon and Ball - whose real names are Thomas Derbyshire and Robert Harper - started out as comics on the cabaret circuit in the north of England.

The Cannon and Ball Show, which was broadcast on Saturday nights, was one of the most popular series of its time, with consistently high viewing figures.

The primetime ITV show ran for nine years and consistently drew in a large audience.

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The duo also starred in the films The Boys in Blue 1982 and Mr H Is Late in 1988, and appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2005.

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