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Tributes to 'one off' comic Starr.

DES O'Connor has led tributes to "borderline genius" Freddie Starr following the star's death aged 76.

The comic made several memorable appearances on O'Connor's chat show in his heyday.

"At his best, Freddie was borderline genius," the entertainer said.

"Always unpredictable, he could create mayhem in a TV studio with his wacky, unique humour," he said.

Russ Abbot, who appeared in Starr's Variety Madhouse comedy series in 1979, described the stand-up as a "loose comedy cannon".

He said: "You never knew what he would do next. A natural funnyman and hilarious. He helped launch my career of course and for that I will always be grateful."

Fellow Liverpudlian comedian and TV personality Les Dennis said Starr was a "one off".

Starr, a household name who rose to fame in the 1970s, was found dead at his home in Spain. He was the lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s and rose to national prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.

He was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour.

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