Bobby Ball dead at 79: Tommy Cannon and Les Dennis pay tribute after Cannon and Ball star passes away from coronavirus

TOMMY Cannon and Les Dennis have led the tributes to Bobby Ball after he passed away at the age of 79.

The news of the comedian's death from coronavirus was confirmed by his manager today, and the world of comedy was quick to come out and pay tribute.

His lifelong friend and co-star Tommy said today: "Rock on, my good friend, I can't believe this, I'm devastated."

TV star Les described Ball as a "true entertainer with real funny bones".

In a tweet, he shared: "Just heard the sad news that the wonderful Bobby Ball has died.

"He was a true entertainer with real funny bones. Thoughts with Tommy, Yvonne and his family at this sad time. RIP Bobby".

Blue singer Antony Costa, who took part in I'm A Celebrity alongside Ball in 2005, added he was "devastated by the news".

He said: "Just heard the news about my friend and fellow I'm a celebrity contestant Bobby ball …I'm devastated by the news.

"Thoughts go out to the Yvonne and the family R.I.P #bobbyball xx so so sad x".

Comedian Jason Manford said he was "heartbroken" at the news.

He tweeted: "So heartbroken to read about the passing of comedy legend Bobby Ball. Such a hilarious man.

"The comedy community is a poorer place without him. #RockOn #RIPBobbyBall".

Meanwhile Emmerdale's Lisa Riley wrote: "Dearest Bobby,rest in peace,you legend,you beauty,always at the end of the phone for me. Making me laugh since I was born. You will be so very missed, the laughter in heaven today will be exceedingly loud #rockontommy #rip.

"Tommy,Yvonne my prayers are with you. All we will hear over and over and over, is what a AMAZING, LOVELY, BIG HEARTED man you are #godbless #sleepwell #missed."

Bobby's manager revealed the star passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital last night.

Bobby, one half of the comedy double act Cannon & Ball, was rushed to hospital after experiencing breathing problems.

He later tested positive for Covid-19 and died at approximately 9.30pm last night.

His heartbroken wife Yvonne said: "I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous."

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