Lionel Blair dead: Piers Morgan leads tributes as Celebrity Big Brother and TV legend dies aged 92
THE world of showbiz united tonight to pay tribute to TV and Celebrity Big Brother star Lionel Blair.
The dancer and entertainer, also famous for roles on Give Us A Clue and The Real Marigold Hotel, has died aged 92.
His agent explained that he was surrounded by loved ones in his final hours, his management company revealed.
The star's agent said: "He got to a very ripe old age, he was loved by his family, and I think he died in their company, which is lovely."
Piers Morgan, 56, led tributes tweeting: "RIP Lionel Blair, 92. A wonderful all-round entertainer & lovely man. Sad news."
Lionel's Real Marigold Hotel co-star Sheila Ferguson, 74, posted: "OMG. I just heard that my darling #LionelBlair has passed away.
"Iconically I was just thinking about him today. My heart hurts. #RIPLionelBlair. Friend since the 70’s, #TheRealMarigoldHotel and beyond. 💔."
Coronation Street's Anthony Cotton wrote: "Awwww. Good night, Lionel Blair. I was honoured to have met, and worked with him a couple of times. He was divine x."
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Comedian Ed Byrne, 49, tweeted: "One of the highlights of my short lived Saturday morning radio show on BBC London (which I co hosted with my mother) was when we had Lionel Blair as a guest.
"Smoking fags and knocking back gin and tonics with us at 11am. We even got him to tap dance on a sheet of plywood. Legend."
Bonnie Langford, 57, shared a picture of them together writing: "Dear Lionel. Privileged to have been your dance partner."
TV and radio star Toby Anstis tweeted: "So sorry to hear about Lionel Blair.
"Remember doing panto with him back in the day, Snow White in Bromley, he directed it as well.
"Such a generous performer, and knew how to tell a story brilliantly!"
Outrageously showbiz, “darling” but so much funMorning TV legend Nick Owen, 74, added: "So sorry to hear that Lionel Blair has passed away.
"Always good company and great guest on the breakfast sofa at TV-am and Good Morning with Anne and Nick. RIP Lionel."
Comedian and author Julian Clary added: "RIP dear Lionel Blair. A showbiz trooper if ever there was."
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