Linda Lusardi pays tribute to friend Eddie Large after he dies ‘of coronavirus’ just days after she leaves hospital – The Sun
The Little and Large comedian suffered heart failure at the age of 78 following a battle with the deadly virus.
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Fans are devastated at the news, including the former Page 3 legend – who has just been discharged from the hospital after her own battle with the virus.
She said: "We are devistated at the news that our wonderful friend Eddie Large has died from the virus. Our love and best wishes go to his beautiful wife Patsey and his family [sic.]"
The comic, famous for his double act with Syd Little, died alone in hospital as his wife Patsy and son Ryan were not allow to visit due to Covid-19.
After forming double act Little and Large in 1963, Syd and Eddie went on to win Opportunity Knocks and had a long-running comedy sketch show on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s.
We are devistated at the news that our wonderful friend Eddie Large has died from the virus. Our love and best wishes go to his beautiful wife Patsey and his family @samkane1968 😇💋❤️
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Announcing his dad's death today, son Ryan wrote: "It is with great sadness that Mum and I need to announce that my Dad, Edward McGinnis, passed away in the early hours of this morning.
"He had been suffering with heart failure and, unfortunately while in hospital, contracted the coronavirus which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.
"Dad had fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible disease we had been unable to visit him at the hospital but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day.
"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them each week."
Large, who lived near Bristol, leaves behind wife Patsy and his 26-year-old son.
He also has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Tributes were paid to Large today, who was remembered as a "great chap" and a "gentle, funny man".
A tweet from Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly's joint Twitter account said: "So sad to hear about the passing of Eddie Large. We had the pleasure of working with him and Sid a few years ago. He just loved making people laugh. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. X"
Paying tribute today, comedian Timmy Mallett said: "Dear Eddie Large – thank you for the laughter and joy. Deepest condolences to all your family and friends."
Actress Kate Robbins tweeted: "Sorry to hear the comedian Eddie Large has died. What a great chap he was. A real pro. Rest in peace Eddie".
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Little Britain's Matt Lucas paid tribute on Twitter, writing: "Eddie Large (along with his supersonic friend Syd) was really lovely and kind and encouraging to me when I was a nipper on Shooting Stars. So sad to hear of his passing."
TV host Piers Morgan tweeted: "Comedian Eddie Large has died from coronavirus, his family confirm. He had underlying heart problems. What sad news – he & Syd Little were one of Britain's most beloved comedy duos. RIP."
Jason Manford tweeted: "So sorry to hear about Eddie Large passing away. Came to every comedy and musical show I did whenever I hit Bristol and was always around for a chat about comedy and Man City afterwards. Such a gentle, funny man. RIP Eddie."
Paul Chuckle remembered Large as a "funny and lovely man" in a tweet, writing: "RIP the very talented Eddie Large. Such a funny and lovely man. Love goes out to his family at this time."
Frank Bruno tweeted: "RIP Eddie Large of Little & Large we spent loads of quality time together including pantomimes and TV appearances Funny funny man & great to work with."
Manchester City FC, who Large supported, tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City is sad to hear that lifelong City fan and celebrity Eddie Large has passed away aged 78. Our thoughts are with Eddie's friends and family at this difficult time."
Linda returned home on Sunday after her own serious battle with coronavirus that left her "on death's door".
Her husband Sam Kane, 51, told fans she finally returned home: "So blessed to be spending tonight with my beautiful girl at home by my side. God bless the NHS. So happy to have her home. @lusardiofficial #StayAtHomeAndStaySafe."
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