Bobby Ball's heartbroken wife Yvonne has shared an emotional tribute as it was announced the comedian had died today from coronavirus aged 76.

Ball’s wife Yvonne said: “I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.”

English comedian, actor and singer Bobby is best known as one half of the double act Cannon and Ball, with Tommy Cannon.

Cannon said of his death: “Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.”

Meanwhile Ball’s manager Phil Dale added: “Bobby was a true comedy star who loved entertaining people and he loved life itself. I spoke to him every day and it would always end in laughter.”

Dale announced Bobby's death today in a statement.

He said: “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.

“She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.

“Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made.”

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