Tommy Cannon tearfully remembers Bobby Ball in moving tribute: 'I loved him to bits'

Tommy Cannon tearfully remembered his late co-star and friend Bobby Ball on Friday's instalment of This Morning.

It came just a day after it was announced that his comedy partner had passed away on 28th October aged 76 after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Cannon, 82, spoke from his home in York as he expressed his disbelief that Ball was gone.

"It's a very sad time... and this moment and time, I don't know where I am. I can't believe he's passed away. I can't make any sense of it yet, I really can't. I miss him terribly, I loved him to bits. We had a great career," he said.

He also explained he wasn't aware anything was wrong with Ball's health as his deterioration happened so quickly and that they'd worked together earlier in the month.

"I didn't really know, we last worked on the 9th of this month and he seemed OK and I didn't know anything was wrong really," he shared. "Then on Saturday he was taken into hospital and that's where he stayed... we were told he's stable, or he's getting a little better, and I don't know, suddenly he just passed away.

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Comedian Tommy Cannon arrives at Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire, ahead of the funeral of entertainer Bobby Ball.
The funeral cortege of entertainer Bobby Ball arrives at Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire.
Mourners wearing red braces in honour of comedian Bobby Ball outside Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire, ahead of the entertainer's funeral. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Members of the public gather on the promenade to pay their respects to comedian Bobby Ball as his funeral cortege passes Blackpool Tower and the Comedy Carpet on November 17, 2020 in Blackpool, England. Oldham-born entertainer Bobby Ball was one half of comedy duo Cannon & Ball and died, aged 76, on 28 October after contracting Covid-19. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: The funeral cortege of comedian Bobby Ball passes Blackpool Tower and the Comedy Carpet on November 17, 2020 in Blackpool, England. Oldham-born entertainer Bobby Ball was one half of comedy duo Cannon & Ball and died, aged 76, on 28 October after contracting Covid-19. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Mourners wearing red braces in honour of comedian Bobby Ball outside Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire, ahead of the entertainer's funeral. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
The funeral cortege of entertainer Bobby Ball passes the Comedy Carpet in front of the Blackpool Tower on its way to Carleton Crematorium in Blackpool.
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Members of the public applaud as the funeral cortege of comedian Bobby Ball passes Blackpool Tower and the Comedy Carpet on November 17, 2020 in Blackpool, England. Oldham-born entertainer Bobby Ball was one half of comedy duo Cannon & Ball and died, aged 76, on 28 October after contracting Covid-19. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
(left to right) Bobby Ball, Frank Carson and Tommy Cannon arrive for the funeral of Bernard Manning at Blackley Crematorium, Manchester. . (Photo by Gareth Copley - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 26: Bobby Ball, Tommy Cannon and Roy Walker share a joke before comedian Bernard Manning's funeral on June 26, 2007 in Manchester, England. Manning passed away on June 18, 2007 at the North Manchester General Hospital aged 76. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images).
SCARBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 30: Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon Photo Shoot on September 30, 2009 in Scarborough, England. (Photo by sarahphotogirl/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
SCARBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 30: Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon Photo Shoot on September 30, 2009 in Scarborough, England. (Photo by sarahphotogirl/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon attend the British Soap Awards at Media City on May 18, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
and Right: TOMMY CANNON Bobby Ball British Comedy Duo known as 'Cannon and Ball', 09.04.1987. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)
Comedy Duo, Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, return to the Crane Fruehauf factory in Oldham, Lancashire, where they both worked as welders, 23rd October 1978. (Photo by Jack Walker/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
1982: Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball play two bungling cops in 'The Boys In Blue'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Star comedians Cannon and Ball headed the line-up in a special concert which raised more than ú2,000 to send a five-year-old cancer sufferer on a dream holiday. Tommy Cannon (centre) and Bobby Ball (front) are pictured with Rhianna and PC David McSweeney, the main organiser of the event at Huddersfield Town Hall. Other acts included escapologist and magician Shahid Malik, comedy impressionist Mike Doyle and singer Eve Graham, formerly with the New Seekers. Rhianna is the daughter of Huddersfield police constable Tim Jackson, 2nd December 1990. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Comedy double act Tommy Cannon (right) and Bobby Ball wearing police uniforms as they share a joke with actor Eric Sykes (left) on the set of the film 'The Boys in Blue', circa 1981. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Comedy duo Tommy Cannon, left, and Bobby Ball getting to grips with their special guests, The Nolans, for their summer season at Bournemouth. From left to right; Bernie Nolan, Tommy Cannon, Coleen Nolan, Maureen Nolan, Bobby Ball and Anne Nolan. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
English comedy double act Cannon and Ball (Tommy Cannon, right, and Bobby Ball, left), who are starring in the pantomime 'Babes in the Wood', UK, 1987. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Comedians Tommy Cannon (L) and Bobby Ball get in the mood for their first film "Boys In Blue", outside the Dominion Theatre, London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball present The Cannon and Ball Christmas Spectacular Birmingham Hippodrome. 20th December 1984. (Photo by Randle/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Comedienne Marti Caine (40) sits on the knee of her bridegroom, Ken Ives (50) TV director she met eight weeks ago, after they wed at Birmingham Register Office. Marti is currently appearing at a local theatre with comedy duo, Tommy Cannon (right) and Bobby Ball (left). (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
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"I got a phone call from his lovely wife and that was it. It was so quick, but like I say, now he's at rest. God love him. He'll be up there with all his pals, Eddie Large and Eric Sykes and Bernard Manning and all the greats and he'll be up there with them shining like a light."

Eddie Large died earlier this year aged 78, also following a positive diagnosis of the coronavirus.

Cannon added that he didn't think he would "ever get over" Ball's death after almost 58 years of working together.

The comedy duo were well known for hosting their own programme, The Cannon And Ball Show, in the late 70s and 80s.

Meanwhile, Ball also appeared in television shows such as Heartbeat, Benidorm and Last of the Summer Wine.

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