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Tributes have been paid to comedian Freddie Starr who has died aged 76.

The Merseyside-born comic, singer, impressionist and actor was found dead in his home in the Costa Del Sol region of Spain, the Sun said.

Freddie Starr was one of the funniest men on TV throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's. At his peak, the comedian was reported to be earning in excess of £2m a year, often playing
live gigs seven nights a week but it played havoc with his personal life.

Freddie made no secret of his love for Elvis and would take any opportunity possible to either perform as his hero, complete with jumpsuit or at the very least perform Elvis songs
on his many Live stage shows and also on his TV Specials or during his guest appearances on TV talk shows, often causing total and hilariously unrehearsed chaos on the shows.

Starr was always unpredictable, especially on Live TV shows, and this type of craziness can be seen in the 3 clips below.
Freddie Causes Chaos and Sings "Old Shep?" on the Des O'Connor Show

Freddie Tells Mohammed Ali a Scary Story

Freddie Starr With The Jordanaires

When I interviewed Ray Walker of the Jordanaires in Nashville, we spoke about his appearance on Freddies TV Special and he had nothing but great things to say about their time
on the show and how funny it was to be around him. Ray also added that Freddie's love and admiration for Elvis was obvious and he spoke to the group for at least an hour on all
things Elvis.

During his performance of 'An American Trilogy' on his special tribute show, Freddie changed some words to:
In Dixieland, Where Elvis Was Born
A Little Boy, One January Morn
Don't Go Away, Don't Go Away,
Don't Go Away from Dixieland

WATCH - Freddie Starr 'His Truth Is Marching On - A Personal Tribute To Elvis Presley

Comedian Bobby Davro described him as "the funniest man I have ever seen", while presenter Amanda Holden said he should be "remembered with a smile".

Davro tweeted: "I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents."

Britain's Got Talent judge Holden added: "Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today. His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion and favour - but it's important to recognise
his once huge popularity and fame."

She added: "I hope his legacy is not smalled down and he's remembered with a smile."

Comedian Jim Davidson also tweeted: "Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest."

Lord Sugar described Starr as a "very funny man".

Fellow Liverpool comedian and TV personality Les Dennis tweeted that Starr was "so exciting to watch live."

"A true clown who could also sing like Elvis," he added. "A total one off. RIP."

Starr rose to prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks. He starred in several other TV programmes in the 90s and famously
featured in the Sun's "Freddie Starr ate my hamster" headline in 1986, which was debunked as tabloid B.S.

Comic and actor Russ Abbot described Starr as both a "natural funnyman" and "loose comedy cannon".

"You never knew what he would do next. He helped launch my career of course, and for that I will always be grateful."

TV presenter Anne Diamond recalled he was "always difficult and awkward to interview but always worth it".

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