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30th Mar 2023

“His husband was there”: Paul O’Grady’s best friend pays tribute

Paul O’Grady died on Tuesday evening.

Paul O’Grady died with his husband by his side, his best friend has confirmed.

The beloved comedian passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Tuesday evening.

Actress Linda Thorson spoke out about the heartbreaking loss of her close friend.

She told Good Morning Britain that she can’t believe he has passed away.

“I can’t believe it. Just to hang up the phone and hours later for someone to die who was so happy. Full of life.

“But he died in his own bed. His husband was there, Andre, who he’s been with for so many years. The most divine man.”

She continued, “He’s only 41, Andre. He will be so bereft. He worshipped Paul.”

Linda said Andre gave a moving speech at his husband’s 60th birthday that showed just how much he loved him.

“He gave a speech at Paul’s 60th birthday. And Cilla [Black] was there Barabara Windsor. They’re gone. They’ll all be partying in heaven you know – and the Queen.”

His husband confirmed the heartbreaking news.

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 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.

“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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