Comedian and presenter Paul O'Grady has died at the age of 67.
In a statement, his husband Andre Portasio said he passed away "unexpectedly but peacefully" yesterday evening.
O'Grady was known for his drag queen persona Lily Savage.
His career spanned more than 30 years, including hosting Blankety Blank in the late 1990s, The Paul O'Grady Show, Blind Date and more recently For The Love Of Dogs.
RIP Paul O’Grady, animal lover, entertainer of millions, and much missed colleague.
Our thoughts and feelings go to Paul’s friends and family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/MO6M8hffQj
— Paul O'Grady - For the Love of Dogs (@RealPOGDogs) March 29, 2023
Mr Portasio, who married O'Grady in 2017, said, "It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul 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.
"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."