One of the most well-known TV personalities and comedian in Britain, Paul O’Grady, has passed away at age 67.
According to his husband, Andre Portasio, the celebrity, who was also renowned for his drag queen alter ego Lily Savage, passed away abruptly on Tuesday night.
In the statement shared with PA, Portasio said: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.
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“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 humor, wit and compassion.
“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”
The royal family paid tribute on its official Twitter account, writing: “Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Paul O’Grady, who worked closely with Her Majesty in support of
@Battersea_, providing lots of laughter and many waggy-tailed memories.”