Entertainer Joe Longthorne dies aged 64

Entertainer Joe Longthorne dies aged 64Joe Longthorne, singer and impressionist, dies aged 64

Entertainer Joe Longthorne has died at the age of 64.

The "nation's beloved entertainer" died peacefully in the arms of his husband Jamie at his home in Blackpool in the early hours of Saturday, according to a message on his official website.

It reads: "It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the nation's beloved entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE passed away peacefully in the early hours of today at his cherished home in Blackpool.

"Joe died in his bedroom, laying in the arms of his devoted husband of 21 years Jamie, with his rosary beads clutched tight to his chest.

"He leaves behind sister Ann and brother John. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Jamie and all the family at this sad time."

Tributes have been paid from fellow entertainers including Les Dennis who tweeted: "So very sad to hear that Joe Longthorne has died. Worked with him many times. A supreme talent and a nice man. Thoughts with his family. RIP"

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Entertainer Joe Longthorne arrives at Preston Crown Court where he stands accused of assaulting two men. Green-haired Dean Tyfall and red-haired Patrick McGee claim Longthorne, his niece Keeley, and another man, attacked them after an argument. * who had all been drinking for more than four hours, attacked them after an argument in the Regent Hotel in the resort after Longthorne appeared at a charity concert. The jury in the case were due to retire to consider their verdict. *07/09/04: Entertainer and leukaemia sufferer Joe Longthorne is in hospital after collapsing on stage. The 48-year-old comedian and singer has been performing for the past seven months despite suffering from leukaemia. He collapsed on Sunday night as he left the stage at Blackpool Opera House in Lancs and was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Entertainer Joe Longthorne helps launch Eastenders star Barbara Windsor's first album, "You've Got A Friend". Longthorne and on-screen son Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden, also duet with Windsor on the album. * 16/11/99: Longthorne has been questioned by police about an alleged attack on a man who tried to repossess his Mercedes. Garage owner Paul Holder, 38, was allegedly beaten and had his nose broken as he went to Mr Longthorne's mansion near Maidenhead, Berks to reclaim the black Mercedes S280.
Entertainer Joe Longthorne arrives at Preston Crown Court where he stands accused of assaulting two men. Green-haired Dean Tyfall and red-haired Patrick McGee claim Longthorne, his niece Keeley, and another man, attacked them after an argument. * who had all been drinking for more than four hours, attacked them after an argument in the Regent Hotel in the resort after Longthorne appeared at a charity concert. The jury in the case were due to retire to consider their verdict. *07/09/04: Entertainer and leukaemia sufferer Joe Longthorne is in hospital after collapsing on stage. The 48-year-old comedian and singer has been performing for the past seven months despite suffering from leukaemia. He collapsed on Sunday night as he left the stage at Blackpool Opera House in Lancs and was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. (Photo by Phil Noble - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Singer Impressionist Joe Longthorne at the Sydney Hilton hotel today wearing the jacket that he does his "Elvis Presley" impersonation in. February 13, 1992. (Photo by Dean Wilmot/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
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Comedy writer Derren Litten, who created the hit show Benidorm, said he had "always been in awe of his amazing talent".

Comedian Tommy Cannon said: "So sad to hear the passing of Joe Longthorne, such a talent with a fabulous voice! You will be missed, Rest in peace."

The singer, impressionist and charity fundraiser described the MBE he was awarded in 2012 as "an unexpected honour".

He was given the award for charity work that has seen him raise money for organisations including the Variety Club of Great Britain, Cancer Research UK and DCWC (Development of Children and Women Centre) Nepal.

In a career which spanned decades, Longthorne had performed to millions of people around the world and also sung at the Royal Variety Show several times.

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Joe Longthorne receives his MBE at Buckingham Palace (Lewis Whyld/PA)

He found fame on LWT programme Search For A Star in 1981 and went on to present his own television programme, The Joe Longthorne Show.

After being diagnosed with leukaemia, he received a bone marrow transplant in 2006.

Labour MP Angela Rayner added: "So sorry to hear of the death of singer and entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE, he was much loved by the many fans who adored him R.I.P. Joe"

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