Freddie Starr Dead: Amanda Holden And Bobby Davro Lead Tributes To Comic Following His Death

The comedian was 76.

Tributes have poured in for comedian Freddie Starr, following his death at the age of 76.

His manager confirmed the news that the comic had been found dead at his home in Spain.

Fellow comedians Bobby Davro and Jim Davidson were among the first to pay tribute to Freddie on social media.

Freddie Starr has died at the age of 76
Freddie Starr has died at the age of 76
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Bobby hailed him as “the funniest man I have ever seen”, while Jim described him as “the greatest”.

I've just heard that Freddie Starr has died.
He was the funniest man I have ever seen.
I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie. 💔

— Bobby Davro (@BobbyDavro1) May 9, 2019

Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.

— Jim Davidson (@JimDOfficial) May 9, 2019

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden also posted on Twitter: “His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion & favour-but it’s important to recognise his once huge popularity& fame.”

Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today.His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion & favour-but it’s important to recognise his once huge popularity& fame.The outrageous & edgy parody’s were infamous.I hope his legacy is not smalled down and he’s remembered with a smile

— Amanda Holden (@AmandaHolden) May 9, 2019

Lord Sugar, Paddy McGuinness and Vicki Michelle were among other stars who shared their condolences.

According to some news reports Freddie Star has died in Spain . If true sad news, he was a very funny man RIP

— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) May 9, 2019

It was probably a euphemism? #rip #FreddieStarr

— Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) May 9, 2019

So sad - Freddie Starr. An incredible and unique talent. I remember being in a tv green room with him at Elstree studios and became exhausted with laughter at his repartee. Always difficult and awkward to interview but always worth it! Loved him.

— Anne Diamond (@theannediamond) May 9, 2019

Sad to hear we have lost the one and only Freddie Starr, he was a great comedian. Knew him well back in the day. Rest in Peace Freddie

— Vicki Michelle (@vickimichelle) May 9, 2019

Meanwhile, The Sun courted controversy as they reported news of Freddie’s death, after he was the subject of one of their most famous front pages.

Back in 1986, they splashed with the headline “Freddie Starr ate my hamster”, with the story claiming Freddie placed the small creature between two slices of bread and ate it at a friend’s home after returning from a performance in Manchester.

While Freddie said the incident never took place in his 2001 autobiography, Unwrapped, The Sun ran the headline on Friday: “Freddie Starr joins his hamster.”

Tomorrow’s @TheSun tribute to Freddie:

— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) May 9, 2019

The headline immediately attracted criticism for being disrespectful:

No thought or respect for his family, friends. No thought or respect for Freddie who has sadly died & that's the best the Sun can print, how sad. Should change the name to the Scum, as there's nothing bright about it. Disgraceful, Disrespectful

— joyce Jordan (@joyceJo49834475) May 9, 2019

Haha what a disrespectful headline for someone that's just died.

— Pep M (@cfcpep) May 10, 2019

Absolutely bloody ridiculous headline #TheSun

— MDplusthree🎈 (@MDplusthree) May 9, 2019

Tribute!! What a total joke. Have some respect 😡

— Charlotte Leppington (@dinkytinkerbell) May 9, 2019

What a horrible headline for someone who has passed away. What about his grieving family, no thought for them at all. Sick

— joyce Jordan (@joyceJo49834475) May 9, 2019

What a disrespectful headline, shame on you 😬

— Jane O Leary (@JaneOLeary15) May 9, 2019

Thats such Bad Taste....People still buy this shit 😡😡

— Helen Whitelam (@HelenWhitelam3) May 10, 2019

@tonygallagher you should be ashamed of this bollocks.

Not only is it completely unsympathetic to Freddie’s death, it’s trying to make the headline all about The Sun whilst lying in the process - even your original story confirmed it wasn’t his hamster.

You’re a disgrace.

— Haiden Fearon (@HJFearon) May 10, 2019

That's just distasteful and crude. You should be absolutely ashamed. Imagine how his family feels and you go publishing that. Really shows your paper is shite. I wouldn't even wipe my backside with it. Bunch of drivel...

— Marc Baty (@MarcyMarc1998) May 10, 2019

Merseyside-born Freddie was the lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s and rose to national prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.

He was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour.

During the 1990s, he starred in several TV shows including Freddie Starr (1993–94), The Freddie Starr Show (1996–98) and An Audience with Freddie Starr in 1996.

He took part in the 2011 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! but dropped out due to ill health.

Police investigated an allegation of historical sexual abuse against the star in 2012, which he said left him “suicidal”.

In 2014 he was told he would not be prosecuted after spending 18 months on bail.

He lost a damages claim against his accuser in the High Court in 2015.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he revealed he moved to Spain following the ruling, which left him facing a bill unofficially estimated at about £1 million.


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