Alan Carr pays tribute to 'hysterical, one-off' friend Paul O'Grady
‘He will be missed SO much’: Alan Carr pays tribute to his ‘hysterical, one-off’ friend Paul O’Grady after his shock death aged 67
Alan Carr paid tribute to his ‘hysterical, one-off’ friend Paul O’Grady on Wednesday after the star’s shock death aged 67.
Eulogies have poured in for the legendary presenter after his partner Andre Portasio shared that he had passed away ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’ on Tuesday.
The comedian, 46, recalled some of his favourite memories of the times they spent together and said Paul would be ‘missed so much.’
In the emotional Instagram update, Alan hailed the broadcaster ‘a legend’ and shared a fun photo of them both together.
He began: ‘I’ve been no use to anyone today. Loved Paul, who didn’t? A true one off. Having dinner with Paul O’Grady was the closest any of us would get to having dinner with Dorothy Parker or Truman Capote.’
Memories: Alan Carr, 46, paid tribute to his ‘hysterical, one-off’ friend Paul O’Grady on Wednesday after the star’s shock death aged 67
Upsetting: The comedian recalled some of his favourite memories of the times they spent together and said Paul would be ‘missed so much’
Alan continued: ‘He would have you literally in hysterics regaling these showbiz anecdotes and quips from Marlene Dietrich to Cilla Black to The Royals to the Disappointer Sisters – it seemed like he knew everyone.
‘He will be missed SO much, my friend asked him recently ‘do you think you’ll go to heaven Paul?’ Quick as a whip he replied ‘I hope not, I won’t know anyone’. You legend.’
Paul, who shot to fame as trailblazing comic drag act Lily Savage before becoming one of the country’s best-loved TV presenters and DJs, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’ on Tuesday night, his partner said.
Andre Portasio, who married O’Grady in 2017, paid tribute to his ‘humour, wit and compassion’ in a statement announcing his death released just before 3am.
O’Grady became a household name in the early noughties, known for his wit and love of animals, and hosted a string of television programmes including his self-titled daytime chat show, The Paul O’Grady Show, which began airing in 2004.
He also took over the reins from Blind Date’s long-running presenter and his close friend Cilla to host the Channel 5 reboot of the show in 2017. And he fronted Blankety Blank, as well as ITV’s award-winning For The Love Of Dogs.
The father-of-one’s cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but he had previously spoken of surviving heart attacks in 2002, 2006 and 2014, and also kidney failure . He also had a debiltating Covid battle that left him unable to work for two months.
O’Grady married Portuguese lesbian barmaid Teresa Fernandes in 1977 to stop her deportation. They divorced in 2005 and he married ex-ballerina Mr Portasio in 2017.
Heartfelt: He began: ‘I’ve been no use to anyone today. Loved Paul, who didn’t? A true one off’
Shock news: Eulogies have poured in for the legendary presenter after his partner Andre Portasio shared that he had passed away ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’ on Tuesday
Decades earlier in 1974, he had his only child, a daughter called Sharyn Mousley, with his dear friend Diane Jansen. O’Grady is also a grandfather to Sharyn’s son Abel, who was born in 2006 and is now aged 16, and Sharyn’s daughter Halo, born in 2009.
Portasio said: ‘It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.
‘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.’
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