The entertainer and comedian Freddie Starr was found dead at his Spanish home, in the Costa Del Sol, aged 76.
Brian Shaw who was Starr’s promoter and agent for almost 30-years said he was a “very close friend” and hailed his as a “true genius.”
Shaw said, “He was an unpredictable genius.
“Starr was the godfather of comedy, the funniest man anyone had ever known, that’s shared by virtually everyone who ever knew him.
“He hadn’t been well in recent years
“He wasn’t terribly well. I was as choked as anyone when I heard the news.”
Les Dennis, fellow Liverpudlian comedian and TV personality said he was a “one off.”
Dennis Tweeted, “Freddie Starr was so exciting to watch live.
“A true clown who could also sing like Elvis. A total one off. RIP.”
Jim Davidson comedian tweeted, “Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.”
Russ Abbott paid tribute to Starr and said he helped launch his career. Abbott told the Press Association, “You never knew what he would do next. A natural funny man and hilarious.
“He helped launch my career of course and for that I will always be grateful.
“He was hugely popular in his day, unique in his unpredictability and bursting with a talent not seen before or since.”
Starr rose to fame in the 1970s and was widely known for his eccentric and unpredictable behaviour.