The comedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76 at his home in Spain, according to reports.
His body was reportedly discovered by a carer at his apartment in Mijas on the Costa del Sol.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told the Mirror: “His carer found him dead in his chair at around 3.30pm. Police arrived first and then later an ambulance arrived and he was taken away.
“His next door neighbour, who is a nurse, said he was definitely dead. She said she thinks he may have suffered a heart attack.”
Another neighbour added: “He’s been quite ill ever since he moved in and has barely left his apartment since moving in a couple of years ago.”
Posts on social media pages from Freddie Starr official Facebook page appeared to confirm the news.
“This is Freddie’s manager. Just to confirm Freddie has passed away. R.i.p to our greatest comedian of all time,” a brief statement on Facebook read.
Early Tributes from friends
Comedian Bobby Davro wrote on Twitter: “I’ve just heard that Freddie Starr has died. He was the funniest man I have ever seen.
“I’m so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie.”
I’ve just heard that Freddie Starr has died.
He was the funniest man I have ever seen.
I’m so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie. 💔
— Bobby Davro (@BobbyDavro1) May 9, 2019
Another fellow comic, Jim Davidson, also paid tribute:
Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.
— Jim Davidson (@JimDOfficial) May 9, 2019