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. The comedian died after testing positive for coronavirus.
In a heartbreaking tribute, Tommy broke his silence by writing: “Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.”
Bobby’s wife Yvonne also shared her thoughts following the death of her late husband.
“I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.”
Phil Dale, who managed the beloved comedy duo Cannon and Ball, tweeted: “Bobby was a true comedy star who loved entertaining people and he loved life itself.
“He was a true entertainer with real funny bones. Thoughts with Tommy, Yvonne and his family at this sad time. RIP Bobby.”
Bobby had been in hospital with breathing problems.
A statement read: “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 the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.
“Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. At first, it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.
“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.”
Tommy and Bobby also starred in the film The Boys in Blue in 1982.
The late star featured in Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat and Not Going Out.
Back in 2005, the late comedy legend competed on the fifth series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, finishing in sixth place.