British TV star Paul O’Grady has died aged 67, his partner has confirmed.
The Radio 2 presenter and comedian, who was beloved for his drag queen personality Lilly Savage, died “peacefully” at his home on Sunday.
O’Grady’s partner Andre Portasio said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”
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“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.
“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.
“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”
O’Grady’s cause of death is yet to be confirmed, however in 2020 he opened up about suffering three heart attacks and kidney failure. In 2017, he was hospitalised in India with kidney trouble while filming a new show.
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He told The Sun at the time: “My cardiologist says I have the constitution of an ox. Three days after my last heart attack, I was back fire-eating with McFly.”
O’Grady first began performing as his drag persona Lilly Savage in the 1980s and performed for several years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He then went on to host Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast in the UK in the mid-90s.
Just days before his death, O’Grady announced he would be hosting a new BBC show after he was axed from Radio 2.
O’Grady is survived by his daughter, Sharon, and partner Portasio.
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