Paul O'Grady has sadly passed away aged 67 2 months ago

Paul O'Grady has sadly passed away aged 67

"He was funny, fearless, brave, kind and wise"

Presenter and comedian Paul O'Grady has died at the age of 67.

His husband, Andre Portasio said in a statement that he died "unexpectedly but peacefully" on Tuesday evening.

He said: "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.

"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.

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O'Grady was described as a "really special man" by ITV's Lorraine Kelly.

She said: "Such sad news. Paul O'Grady was funny, fearless, brave, kind and wise. He will be sorely missed."

Good Morning Britain host, Charlotte Hawkins said O'Grady was "magnificent" while radio presenter Simon Mayo added that he was "a lovely man, always funny and a radio natural".