Bobby Ball has sadly died at the age of 76 after testing positive for coronavrius, his heartbroken family has confirmed.
He will be known to most as one half of the comedy double act Cannon & Ball, but he reached a younger audience when he took part in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2005 with his comedy partner Tommy Cannon.
On the series, which was won by Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol, Bobby came in fifth place.
After he came out he discussed how gruelling life in the jungle was, especially as he spent the whole time missing his beloved wife Yvonne.
Bobby told the Mirror in 2013: “When I was a contestant on I’m A Celebrity… in 2005, I endured starvation, sickness and spider bites – but I missed Yvonne like crazy.”
One of the duo’s most memorable trials was when they had to fly around in a giant bumblebee to collect stars.
Tommy was voted out first before Bobby left sixth after 10 nights in the jungle.
He said during his exit interview: “It’s really hard in there, you get very emotional.
“It was very hard when Tommy went, he is always there and suddenly he was gone.
“It was really difficult, but my fellow campmates were great, it has really been fantastic.”
Bobby admitted that he had wanted to walk early on.
He said: “The first night was very hard, I thought about walking out many times, I thought I wanted to leave and that I could not do this.
“But the camp mates were very supportive.
“I am glad to come out, but I had a fantastic time, it changed my life.”
News of Bobby’s death was confirmed on Thursday.
His manager said in a statement: “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.
“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.”