Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Comedian Freddie Starr Found Dead, Aged 76

Comedian Freddie Starr Found Dead, Aged 76

He denied it all, writing in his autobiography Unwrapped: "I have never eaten or even nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small mammal".

Starr was the subject of the Sun's infamous 1986 headline Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster - one of the best known headlines in the history of British tabloids. "I hope his legacy is not smalled down and he's remembered with a smile".

Initial newspaper reports suggest the comic had been living in Spain and was found dead this afternoon by his carer, having suffered ill health for some time.

"He said, "How you doing Bob" and I said, "Alright, how are you Freddie?"

He tweeted: "Just heard the news".

According to the story, Freddie returned to the home of a friend he was staying with after a performance at a Manchester night club and demanded that a sandwich was made for him.

The Lancashire-born comic, real name Frederick Leslie Fowell, first found fame after appearing on TV talent show "Opportunity Knocks" in the 1970s.

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Freddie Starr's carer has detailed the comedian's final moments before his untimely death, as the cause remains unknown.

This is Freddie's manager just to confirm Freddie has passed away.

Before continuing: "He was the funniest man I have ever seen". Get Me Out Of Here! but left the show after being taken to hospital following a suspected allergic reaction.

He went on to become one of the best-known comedians of his generation, notorious for the 'Freddie Starr ate my hamster!' rumour that emerged via a United Kingdom tabloid in 1986.

In the 1990s, he starred in several TV shows, such as Freddie Starr, The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr. I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. It can lead to heart attacks if not treated.

In 2014, it was announced he would not be prosecuted over allegations of sexual offences due to insufficient evidence after spending 18 months on bail.

He later lost a defamation claim against his accuser at the UK High Court in 2015.

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