Tommy Cannon welled up with emotion on Friday’s This Morning.
The comedian, 82, struggled to hold back the tears as he spoke on mourning the loss of his friend and comedy partner Bobby Ball with hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
Funnyman Bobby died aged 76 on Wednesday evening and Tommy – who rose to fame with him as half of duo Cannon and Ball – said that he “can’t believe” he has gone.
He told: “It is an awful time at this moment in time. I don’t know where I am can’t believe he has passed away.”
The heartbroken star – who last performed with Bobby just three-weeks ago – continued: “Great memories to look back on and I know one day I will meet him again.”
Tommy shared that he believes Bobby – who died on Wednesday – will be “up there” with “all the greats” and added he “will be shining like a light.”
Proving he is struck by the grief, he later said: “A big big chunk of me has gone.
“I don’t think I will ever get over it. It is an empty feeling.”
Bobby, real name was Robert Harper, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Wednesday evening.
A statement from the duo’s management read: “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.”