The comedy world is in mourning today following the death of Frank Carson at the age of 85.
Famous for his non-stop joking - and his inimitable laugh - the Belfast-born comedian passed away at home after battling cancer. In a statement, his family said Carson was a "husband, father, Gaga and comedian" who had "set off for his final gig today".
"He went peacefully at his home in Blackpool surrounded by his greatest fans - his extended family. We will be taking him home to Belfast to lay him to rest and celebrate his joyful life. It's quieter down here now. God help them up there!"
Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter - not just from fellow comedians and showbiz performers, but also from ordinary folk who had a Carson story to share, or joke to recount. Below is just a selection. RIP Frank. It wasn't just the way you told them.
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