Cannon & Ball star Bobby Ball dies at 76 after testing positive for Covid-19

Bobby Ball death

Bobby Ball, one half of comedy double act Cannon & Ball, has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19, his manager has said.

The comedian, actor and author had been in hospital with breathing problems.

A statement from his manager Phil Dale said: "It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.

"Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems.

"At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.

"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.

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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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"She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.

"Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made."

Ball was born Robert Harper on January 28 1944 and found fame on the The Cannon & Ball Show opposite his lifelong friend Tommy Cannon.

He also appeared in TV series including Last Of The Summer Wine, Heartbeat, Mount Pleasant, Benidorm, The Cockfields and Not Going Out, and the duo appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2005.

Cannon said: "Rock on, my good friend, I can't believe this, I'm devastated."

His wife Yvonne added: "I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous."

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