Carry On actor Kenny Lynch dies aged 81
Carry On actor Kenny Lynch has died at the age of 81, it has been confirmed.
The British actor’s children shared a statement announcing that he had passed away on Wednesday, and credited the NHS for their efforts.
In a Twitter post, they wrote: ‘Saddened to share this news with you all. Sadly our dad passed away in the early hours this morning. He will be remembered & missed by many.
‘We would like to say a massive thank you to the NHS & the people at Sue Ryder for all their support. Bye Dad, we will love you always!’
His two children, Amy and Bobby, accompanied the post with several photographs of their beloved father.
Boy George led tributes for the entertainer, tweeting: ‘God Bless Kenny Lynch. R.I.P. My love and condolences to his family and friends. Absolutely huge part of my 70s life and on.’
Last Laugh in Vegas star Jess Conrad also said: ‘We were best mates since we were 15 years of age. Teddy Boys in the West End. He was known as the Black Prince in showbusiness but to me he was a king amongst men.
‘My life will never be the same without him. Always love you, bro.’
Kenny was best known for his role in 1970’s Carry On Loving and his hit top 10 songs Up On The Roof and You Can Never Stop Me Loving You, and received an OBE for his stellar career in entertainment.
Notably, Kenny worked with The Beatles in 1963 on the song Misery which featured on their self-titled debut album, co-written by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
In the 1960s, he was one of the few black singers in British pop music and had composed songs for the likes of Cilla Black, Small Faces and Linda Thorson.
In 1962, he made a bid to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest by competing in A Song For Europe with his track, There’s Never Been A Girl, but he didn’t make it through to the next round.
Kenny amassed several TV credits, including Just For Fun, Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, The Plank and even shows as recent as The Riddle in 2007.
Showbusiness ran in the family as his sister, Maxine Daniels, was a jazz singer.
A cause of death is yet to be revealed.
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