Actor and singer Kenny Lynch has died. He was 81.
The multi-talented entertainer was born in Stepney, east London, in 1938. Rising to fame as a pop singer and writer in the 1960s, he was an all-round entertainer also noted for his dancing, comic ability, and was a much-loved light entertainment personality through the 1970s.
Notably in his pop music career, he was the first ever artist to record a cover version of a Beatles song, Misery.
The news of Lynch's death was announced by his family on his official Twitter account today. He died in the early hours of this morning after a period of illness, and is survived by his wife and two children.
Regularly taking part in charity fundraisers, Lynch was also a recipient of the OBE.
A favourite of 1960s' and 1970s' light entertainment, he featured in hundreds of programmes as both a pop performer and comic personality in his own right, including The Stanley Baxter Show, The Kenny Everett Television Show, Cilla, Blankety Blank, Little And Large, Get It - Got It - Good and Laughs From Her Majesty's.
His comic talents came further to the fore starring in sitcoms including Curry & Chips and Room At The Bottom, and Lynch also featured alongside Les Dawson in his sitcom series Dawsons Weekly (above).
Lynch also played a guest role in Carry On Loving, and was a favoured performer of Eric Sykes, appearing alongside him in not only Curry & Chips but Sykes's own comedies such as The Plank and Mr H Is Late. Indeed, he was the only performer - apart from Sykes himself - to appear in both the original 1967 film version of The Plank, and its 1979 TV remake.