UK comedy performer Bobby Ball, best known for Not Going Out, Last of the Summer Wine and Mount Pleasant, has died aged 76.
Ball, pictured left, died after testing positive for COVID-19.
His manager revealed he had been taken to hospital with what was first thought to be a chest infection.
Ball was in a long-term double act with comedy partner Tommy Cannon and in later years moved into acting in shows including Last of the Summer Wine, Mount Pleasant, and Not Going Out, where he played Lee Mack’s dad, Frank.
Other credits included The Cockfields, Casualty, The Fattest Man in Britain, Heartbeat, The Royal and Benidorm.
Controller of BBC Comedy, Shane Allen, said: “We are devastated to hear the sad news of Bobby Ball passing away. He was a powder keg of comedy who entertained audiences of all ages for decades. He was funny to the end, having just completed his work on the forthcoming Not Going Out series and we all feel immensely privileged to have enjoyed the benefit of his talents. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time.”