Keith Harris, the ventriloquist who brought us Orville The Duck, has died aged 67.
He passed away last night at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital following a long fight with cancer. His career in showbiz spanned more than 50 years.
The father-of-three was a regular fixture on Saturday night TV in the 1980’s and even had a top four hit with ‘Orville’s Song’ in 1982 – which sold 400,000 copies.
Speaking about his death, Keith’s agent, Robert C Kelly, said:
It is with great sadness I announce the death of my friend and client Keith Harris whom I have known for well over 20 years and managed for the past 15 years.
I spoke to Keith most days whether we had business to do or not. I think I laughed every single time we spoke. Keith was not only a technically great ventriloquist, he was also a gifted mimic and an extraordinarily funny man both onstage and off.
Perhaps even rarer than that in showbiz, he was a thoroughly decent man, a great friend and a wonderful father and husband.
The family have asked for privacy at this time.
RIP Keith. We send our thoughts to the Harris family.