Paul O'Grady dies: Tributes pour in for the 'witty' and 'compassionate' comedian

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world for the “witty” and “compassionate” comedian Paul O'Grady, who has died aged 62.

The much-loved star, who had been battling lung cancer, passed away on Wednesday, leaving a gaping hole in the entertainment industry.

Famous faces from the world of television, music and theatre have been paying tribute, with many expressing their sadness at the loss of such an iconic figure.

The BBC's director-general Tim Davie said: “Paul O'Grady was a much-loved star who brought joy and laughter to millions of BBC viewers. He will be greatly missed.”

Sir David Jason, who worked with O'Grady on the popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses, said: “Paul was one of the funniest and most talented actors I've ever had the pleasure of working with. His wit and compassion were second to none.”

Pop star Robbie Williams paid a heartfelt tribute to the star, saying: “I'm so sad to hear about Paul. He was an absolute gentleman and a true comedy genius. He was always so kind and supportive to me, and he will be greatly missed.”

O'Grady's death has been greeted with an outpouring of grief from celebrities and fans alike, who have united in their admiration for the star.

The comedian was best known for his long-running chat show The Paul O'Grady Show, which ran from 2004 to 2018 and was a staple of British television. He also presented various game shows and panel shows, and had a successful career as a radio presenter.

His career spanned four decades, and he received numerous awards during his lifetime, including an MBE in 2006.

The world of comedy has lost a true icon, and Paul O'Grady will be remembered by millions as the witty and compassionate entertainer who brightened up our screens for so many years.