Paul O’Grady assured fans he was ‘fine’ one week before death

Sally Lindsay breaks down in tears as she pays tribute to Paul O’Grady

Paul O’Grady died “unexpectedly but peacefully” at the age of 67 last night, his husband Andre announced.

Following the sad news of his death, an interview from March 21 reveals how the Lily Savage star insisted he was “back in business” after a health concern.

In the poignant comments, he told worried fans he was “absolutely fine” just one week before his sudden death, but had previously admitted fearing he wouldn’t work again following a Covid scare.

When asked how he was health-wise, he told BBC Radio Scotland last week: “Oh, I’ve had everything chucked at me. I’m absolutely fine, touch wood. I’m OK.”

Paul explained that he had worried he might never work again after being left “breathless and tired” for two months in 2022 when he caught Covid.

He said: ‘I think my last disaster was when I caught Covid last year. We were filming in Malta and I only got one day’s filming done.

“The next thing I was in a hotel room for nine days.

“But getting over it was the worry. I was a good two months being breathless and tired.

“To tell you the truth, I thought, ‘I’ll never work again in this state. I can’t’. But I’m back in business.”

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However, just one week after the interview, the sad news was announced that Paul had died.

In a statement, Paul’s husband wrote today: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.”

He added: “I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

Paul and Andre wed in 2017 in front of celebrity guests including Ian McKellen, Michael Cashman and comedian Julian Clary.

Tributes have been pouring in from the entertainment industry for the beloved star.

Paul’s former BBC Radio 2 co-star Vernon Kay wrote: “Paul O’Grady was one of the nicest and kindest people I’ve ever met. Always a joy to be around and obviously, so much fun. He will be missed. Telly and friends have lost one of the best….RIP.”

Martin Lewis added: “Quite shocked and saddened to wake up to the news of Paul O’Grady passing. A funny man, with incredibly quick wit, who made millions laugh.”

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