Comedian Freddie Starr has died at the age of 76, according to reports.
The entertainer, who rose to fame in the 1970s after appearing on talent show Opportunity Knocks, is said to have been found at his Spanish home by a carer.
A post on a Facebook page called Freddie Starr Official said: “This is Freddie’s manager. Just to confirm Freddie has passed away. RIP to our greatest comedian of all time.”
Comedian Bobby Davro said 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.”
Starr was probably best known for being the subject of the Sun’s infamous 1986 headline Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster.
He later claimed the story, which said Starr had placed a hamster between two slices of bread and eaten it, was fabricated by publicist Max Clifford.
In 2014, it was announced he would not be prosecuted over allegations of sexual offences due to insufficient evidence.
Starr had been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation which began following revelations about Jimmy Savile, in relation to 13 alleged victims.
Courtesy of Sky News