Ball was born Robert Harper on January 28 1944 and found fame on the The Cannon and Ball Show opposite his lifelong friend Tommy Cannon.

Bobby Ball was born in Oldham, Lancashire on 28 January 1944. Bobby Ball - one half of comedy double act Cannon & Ball - has died at the age of 76, his manager has announced. Joe Biden snaps at 'ugly' Trump hecklers. 'This pandemic is instant death' Video'This pandemic is instant death', Kanye brings Kim's dead father back as hologram, .css-orcmk8-HeadlineContainer{display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-webkit-justify-content:space-between;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between;}Trump wall: How much has he actually built?.css-1dedj2h-Rank{-webkit-align-self:center;-ms-flex-item-align:center;align-self:center;color:#B80000;margin-left:3.125rem;}1, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird announce engagement2, Coronavirus: PM considering England lockdown next week3, Indian doctor duped into buying 'Aladdin's lamp' for $41,5004, Breonna Taylor: Police officer sues shot black woman's boyfriend5, Rare 'blue moon' to enchant Halloween stargazers6, Coronavirus: US sees record-high daily Covid numbers as election nears7, Great Fox-Spider rediscovered on MoD land in Surrey8, Coronavirus: Slovakia holds national test but president calls for rethink9, US Election 2020: Biden and Trump in tug-of-war over Midwestern US10. Actor and impressionist Kate Robbins said: "God bless your beautiful soul Bobby.

His death comes after the actor and comedian tested positive for Covid-19. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Rest In Peace Bobby.". Former EastEnders star Shane Richie said Ball had had the ability to "make you laugh & cry with just a look" and had been "truly one of a kind". I spoke to him every day and it would always end in laughter.”, Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. ", Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Bobby Ball, one half of the comedy double act Cannon and Ball, has died at the age of 76, his manager has confirmed. TOMMY Cannon and Les Dennis have led the tributes to Bobby Ball after he passed away at the age of 76. We've been extraordinarily lucky to have had an amazing career for close to 60 years now and we've worked hard for everything we have achieved. In 1982, the duo made a police comedy film entitled The Boys In Blue.

“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. Ball was in 18 episodes of the show from 2009 to 2019. VideoJoe Biden snaps at 'ugly' Trump hecklers, Berlin airport opens... 10 years late. Not Going Out star Lee Mack said he was "utterly shocked and devastated to lose my mate Bobby like this". If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here.

If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. You've got cheap data, how about cheap power too? "To get to work with one of my childhood comedy heroes was great. In his later years, Ball acted in several sitcoms, including Mount Pleasant and The Cockfields. “She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel. Les Dennis described him as "a true entertainer with real funny bones", while comedian Ed Gamble said he was "absolutely pure funny" and "a massive influence". He also appeared in TV series including Last Of The Summer Wine, Heartbeat, Mount Pleasant, Benidorm, The Cockfields and Not Going Out, and the duo appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! No further announcements or statements will be made. Singer Robbie Williams also paid tribute, thanking Ball "for the memories and the laughter". The news of the comedian's death from coronavirus was confirmed by his manager today… These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. His death comes after the actor and comedian tested positive for Covid-19. It lasted 11 series and was one of the most popular TV shows of its time, with consistently high viewing figures. “Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. “Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. Popularity, fame and fortune were to take their toll. He said Ball was admitted for tests due to breathing problems. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Comedian Jason Manford described him as "such a hilarious man". "It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on October 28 at approximately 9.30pm," he said. ❤️💔 #RockOn #RIPBobbyBall pic.twitter.com/CP74RSPEx4. In a statement, his manager Phil Dale announced Mr Ball's death. Leading the tributes, Cannon said: "Rock on, my good friend, I can't believe this, I'm devastated.". An Audience with Cannon & Ball: Start the new year off with a bang by booking to see Tommy & Bobby in this fantastic show. ", His wife Yvonne added: "I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous. ©Copyright 2001-2020.

Ball was famous for twanging his braces on stage, while saying: "Rock on, Tommy.". Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services.

Ball also created the BBC children's cartoon series Juniper Jungle, which aired in 1992. You were so funny and lovely. Tommy Cannon has said he is "devastated" following the tragic news of his Cannon and Ball partner and best friend Bobby Ball, who has died aged 76 from Covid-19. He also starred in several sitcoms including Not Going Out, Last of the Summer Wine, Benidorm and Heartbeat. "At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19. VideoChip wars: The US v China, Striking news pictures from around the world, 'I just wanted to be white' Video'I just wanted to be white'.

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He was such a treat to work with. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. He added that Ball's wife stressed their need for privacy at this time "has to be a priority" and no further announcements or statements will be made. Tommy Cannon (right) and Bobby Ball (left) at the 2013 British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK, Salford, Manchester.

We'll miss you Bobby!". Ball was one half of the comedy duo alongside his long-time friend and colleague Tommy Cannon. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. But to call him a friend was even better. Tommy Cannon (right) and Bobby Ball (left) at the 2013 British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK, Salford, Manchester. A Gannett Company. COMEDY icon Bobby Ball, one half of comedy double act Cannon and Ball, has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19. This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby paid their own tribute on the ITV show, remembering Ball as "a genuinely lovely, sweet, kind man". Such a hilarious man. Read about our approach to external linking. 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. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. "She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.". "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. God bless you Bobby Ball.