Tranmere born Paul O’Grady has passed away at the age of 67
TV star and comedian Paul O’Grady has passed away at the age of 67.
His partner Andre Portasio announced on Tuesday evening the star had died “unexpectedly but peacefully.”
O’Grady, born in Tranmere, was a well-known figure in British television and had a career spanning over 30 years.
He first rose to fame under the guise of his drag queen persona, Lily Savage, and hosted popular game shows including Blankety Blank in the late 90s.
O’Grady also hosted The Paul O’Grady Show, Blind Date, and For The Love Of Dogs during his illustrious career.
Paul’s husband Andre Portasio published the statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.
“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.
“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.
“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”
Born on June 14, 1955, in Tranmere, O’Grady began his career in entertainment as a drag performer in the 1970s.
He later adopted the Lily Savage persona, which became an integral part of his career.
After establishing himself in the club scene, he moved on to television, and his witty banter and humorous one-liners soon made him a household name.
O’Grady hosted a variety of TV shows, including a revival of the classic game show Blankety Blank, which aired from 1997 to 1999.
He later hosted The Paul O’Grady Show, which ran from 2004 to 2015, and For The Love Of Dogs, which has been on air since 2012. He was also known for his appearances on popular dramas, such as Dr Who and Holby City.
Tributes have been pouring in for the beloved entertainer, with fans and colleagues expressing their condolences on social media.
Many have praised his humor, warmth, and kindness, describing him as a true national treasure.
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