Eddie Large’s widow recalls his final words to her

Eddie Large's widow recalls his final words to her

Eddie Large's widow has recalled her final conversation with the stand-up, who died after contracting coronavirus while in hospital.

Patsy McGinnis, who married the comedian in 1983, broke down in tears as she appeared on Good Morning Britain alongside their son Ryan and Large's long-term stage partner Syd Little.

The Little And Large star died last week aged 78 after catching the virus while being treated for heart failure in hospital.

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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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McGinnis told co-hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: "I wanted to talk to him longer but he said, 'Darling, I am going to have to go now'.

"I said, 'Don't worry, love – I will speak to you in the morning' but that wasn't to be as in the early hours of the morning – at about four o'clock – they rang to say he had passed away and we couldn't be with him.

"I never thought it would end like this, I really didn't, and I know a lot of families are going through the same thing. It is such a terrible time.

"But I wish we could have been with him and even when we... Trying to get a funeral together, we still won't be able to see him. It's heartbreaking.

"There is so much love out there for him and it has been overwhelming and so comforting. I know Eddie would be over the moon."

Large underwent a life-saving heart transplant nearly two decades ago.

However, his son Ryan said the coronavirus was the "final straw".

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He said: "He deteriorated quite quickly after getting the coronavirus. There were other things going on but that was really the final straw and he wasn't strong enough to fight that off.

"I guess a blessing in a way is that we see these videos and we hear all these stories of other people going through and suffering with the virus.

"But thankfully dad never got to the point where it was absolutely the worst, with the ventilation and the horror stories you see.

"Dad didn't quite get to that part, which is a blessing in a way."

Large, who was born in Glasgow but grew up in Manchester, formed his double act with Little in 1963.

The pair went on to win Opportunity Knocks and appeared regularly on TV for the next 20 years.

Their prime-time BBC One series The Little And Large Show attracted audiences of almost 15 million before it was axed in 1991.

Little said the days since Large's death had been "an emotional rollercoaster".

Praising his former partner, he said: "Eddie was 90% of the act. I was only 10%. A very valuable 10% but I was. I miss him madly."

Little said he believed there was "a right party going on up in heaven with Frank Carson and Norman Collier and Eddie".

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