Comedian Eddie Large dies after contracting coronavirus in hospital

Eddie Large obituary

Comedian Eddie Large has died at the age of 78 after contracting coronavirus while he was being treated in hospital for heart failure.

The Little And Large star was best known for his partnership with Syd Little.

His son Ryan McGinnis posted on Facebook: "It is with great sadness that mum and I need to announce that my dad passed away in the early hours of this morning.

"He had been suffering with heart failure and unfortunately, whilst in hospital, contracted the coronavirus, which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight."

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Eddie Large through the years
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File photo dated 03/03/86 of comedian Eddie Large (centre) with Roger Daltrey (left) and comedy partner, Syd Little (right) during filming of an episode of the Little and Large show. Eddie Large, best known as part of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little, has died aged 78.
File photo dated 27/03/13 of comedian Eddie Large at St Helen's Church, Welton, Hull. Eddie Large, best known as part of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little, has died aged 78.
File photo dated 09/03/04 of comedian Eddie Large with wife, Patsy Ann Scott, at the Bob Monkhouse BAFTA Tribute at BBC Television Centre in West London. Eddie Large, best known as part of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little, has died aged 78.
File photo dated 01/06/85 of comedian Eddie Large during the Four Stars Pro-Celebrity golf tournament at Moor Park. Eddie Large, best known as part of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little, has died aged 78.
File photo dated 09/03/04 of comedian Eddie Large at the Bob Monkhouse BAFTA Tribute at BBC Television Centre in West London. Eddie Large, best known as part of the double act Little and Large, with Syd Little, has died aged 78.
Comedian Eddie Large after the funeral service of Norman Collier at St Helen's Church, Welton, Hull.
Comedian Eddie Large and his wife Patsy arrive for the funeral of Norman Collier at St Helen's Church, Welton, Hull.
Entertainer Eddie Large (right) helped by Bob Hope's cousin Sidney Hope unveils a plaque commemorating British-born comedian Bob Hope - exactly ayear after his death - at St Georges Park in Bristol. Hope, who died of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, California, two months after his 100th birthday, lived in Bristol for two years when he was a small child before moving to America with his family at the age of four.
Entertainer Eddie Large unveils a plaque commemorating British-born comedian Bob Hope - exactly ayear after his death - at St Georges Park in Bristol. Hope, who died of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, California, two months after his 100th birthday, lived in Bristol for two years when he was a small child before moving to America with his family at the age of four. (Photo by Barry Batchelor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Norma Major meets comedians Sid Little (right) and Eddie Large at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
English comedians Syd Little and Eddie Large attending the first night opening of Jim Davidson's adult pantomime 'Sinderella', 9th March 1994 at the Cambridge Theatre in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Comedian Eddie Large in a Phantom of the Opera sketch for the BBC Television variety show 'The Little and Large Show', February 20th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedians Eddie Large (left) and Syd Little performing a scene from the musical 'Grease' as part of a sketch for the television series 'The Little and Large Show', February 13th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedians Syd Little (left) and Eddie Large (centre) inspecting a painting in a sketch for the television series 'The Little and Large Show', February 13th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedian Eddie Large sitting in a bubble bath with three actors in leather jackets, in a 'Grease' musical sketch for the television series 'The Little and Large Show', February 13th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedian Eddie Large sitting in a bubble bath as part of a 'Grease' musical sketch for the television series 'The Little and Large Show', February 13th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedians Eddie Large (left) and Syd Little in a sketch for the television series 'The Little and Large Show', February 13th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedians Eddie Large (left) and Syd Little performing a scene from the musical 'Grease' as part of a sketch for the television series 'The Little and Large Show', February 13th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedian Eddie Large in a musical sketch for the BBC Television variety show 'The Little and Large Show', November 19th 1989. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedian Eddie Large (centre) and actor Kenny Baker (left) in a 'Bee Gees' musical sketch for the BBC Television variety show 'The Little and Large Show', November 5th 1989. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedian Eddie Large (centre) and actor Kenny Baker (left) in a musical sketch from the BBC Television variety show 'The Little and Large Show', November 27th 1988. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedy double act Eddie Large (second left, in drag) and Syd Little (second right) in a musical sketch with comedienne and singer Faith Brown (right) for the BBC Television variety show 'The Little and Large Show', November 30th 1988. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comedians (L-R) Eddie Large, Maddie Cryer and Syd Little performing a sketch for the television series 'The Little and Large Show', February 13th 1991. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
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His agent Peter Mansfield confirmed his death, telling the PA news agency: "His family were very sad not to be able to be in the same room as him, touching him, in the last week because of coronavirus.

"They were only able to speak on the phone which was obviously very sad for them.

"But they wanted to say thank you to the NHS which was fantastic throughout."

He added: "He was at Southmead Hospital and the Papworth Hospital, which did his heart transplant 17 years ago, were in constant communication and a great help as well.

"The family wanted to say how grateful they are for the extra 17 years that they have had with Eddie. And a huge thank you to the donor and the donor's family."

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