British entertainer Danny La Rue has died of cancer, aged 81.
La Rue, who appeared on television for many years as a female impersonator, called himself a “comic in a frock”. His spokeswoman said “Danny died peacefully in his sleep just before midnight last night”.
La Rue made few appearances on television, but played a leading role in keeping the traditions of music hall and pantomime alive.
In the 1970s and 1980s, La Rue was the most famous female impersonator in the world and was at one time the highest-paid entertainer in Britain, according to The Stage newspaper.
He received an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2002 who admitted to being a long-time fan of the entertainer.