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Comedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76

Starr rose to fame in the 1970s and went on to become a household name in the UK.

Starr, a UK household name who rose to fame in the 1970s, was found dead at his home in Spain.
Starr, a UK household name who rose to fame in the 1970s, was found dead at his home in Spain.
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COMEDIAN FREDDIE STARR has died aged 76 at his home in Spain.

A message was posted this evening to 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.”

The 76-year-old was the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters, and became famous for his impersonations on Royal Variety Performances in the 1970s, going on to become a household name in the UK in the following decades and fronting several TV shows. 

In 1986, Starr famously made tabloid headlines after it was alleged that he ate a friend’s hamster. The comedian said later that the incident never happened. 

Starr participated in I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here in 2011 and withdrew early due to health reasons.

- with reporting from Cónal Thomas

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