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'A great talent the funniest man I have ever seen'.

TV comic Bobby Davro, 60, led the tributes to Starr, saying: "Out of all the comedians from the past era, I would have to say he was the funniest man I've ever seen in my life.

"He could be uncomfortable to be with, almost intimidating, but his physical comedy was as good as any I've ever seen. I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie."

Former chat show host Des O'Connor, 87, also paid his respects: "At his best Freddie was borderline genius. Always unpredictable, he could create mayhem in a TV studio with his wacky humour."

Russ Abbot, who appeared in Starr's Variety Madhouse series in 1979, said he was a "loose comedy cannon".

OUTRAGEOUS Russ, 71, added: "You never knew what he would do next. A natural funnyman. He helped launch my career and for that I will always be grateful.

"He was hugely popular, unique in his unpredictability and bursting with a talent not seen before or since."

Fellow stand-up Les Dennis, 65, said: "Freddie was so exciting to watch. A true clown who could also sing like Elvis. RIP."

Les's ex-wife, Amanda Holden, said that while Starr's style may have "fallen out of comedy fashion", people should recognise his "once-huge popularity and fame".

The Britain's' Got Talent judge, 48, wrote: "Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing. The outrageous and edgy parodies were infamous."

Jim Davidson, 65, tweeted: "Just heard the news. Starr was the greatest."

And TV presenter Anne Diamond, 64, tweeted: "So sad. An incredible and unique talent. I remember being with him at Elstree studios and became exhausted with laughter. Always difficult to interview but worth it! Loved him."

Unpredictable, a borderline genius. He could create mayhem in a TV studio DES O'CONNOR FORMER CHAT SHOW HOST REMEMBERS FREDDIE STARR


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Date:May 11, 2019
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