Paul O'Grady, Beloved Television Host And Comedian, Has Died "Unexpectedly" Aged 67

As per his partner's announcement, Paul O'Grady, a cherished TV presenter and comedian, passed away at 67 years old.

During the 1990s, O'Grady gained widespread recognition in the UK as he portrayed his drag queen alter ego, Lily Savage, which made them a well-known household name.

Throughout his peak years, he presented several shows including Blankety Blank, Blind Date, The Paul O'Grady Show, The Lily Savage Show, and numerous others.

Miss Hannigan's role in the musical Annie was being portrayed by the 67-year-old until recently.

A statement from his partner verified the heartbreaking news of his demise.

According to the BBC, Andre Portasio stated: "It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening."

"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."

The comedian had paid a visit to his close friend Malcolm Prince only yesterday, as per Prince's statement.

Prince said: "I popped round to Paul's for a good old catch-up. Surrounded by his beloved dogs, he was laughing smiling and full of life. He was looking forward to so many new projects."

"And now he's gone I can't believe it. We have lost a unique talent - and I've lost a dear friend. We were all lucky to have Paul in our lives."

"My heart goes out to Andre, Paul's family, and friends. Oh how I'll miss him."

Several individuals have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the man and drag queen who brought laughter into their lives for countless years.

On Twitter, Tom Wright, the producer, stated: "Before Drag Race and social media it was rare for queens to break through into mainstream media, Paul was one of the few leading the way and smashing down barriers. Everyone loved him, but he preferred animals. RIP Paul O'Grady AKA the legendary Lily Savage, you will be missed."

Charlotte Hawkins, the presenter of Good Morning Britain, appended: "Oh no, such sad news to wake up to that the magnificent Paul O'Grady has died at the age of 67. What a warm-hearted, hugely talented and funny man he was."

During his later years, he shifted his focus towards showcasing his fondness for animals on television.

Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of numerous accolades such as a BAFTA, a British Comedy Award, and a National Television Award.