- 23:18, 9 MAY 2019
Tributes have flooded in from famous faces after news broke that comedian Freddie Starr has died .
Lord Alan Sugar was the first to share his condolences following the tragic announcement from Freddie's management confirming he had passed away.
The Apprentice star wrote: "According to some news reports Freddie Star has died in Spain . If true sad news, he was a very funny man RIP."
Fellow comedian Bobby Davro shared his pain at the news: "I've just heard that Freddie Starr has died. He was the funniest man I have ever seen. I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie."
The 76-year-old's body was discovered at his Costa Del Sol apartment.
Fans took to social media after hearing of the star's passin, sharing their favourite memories of the funnyman.
"#freddiestarr RIP To my childhood comedian, Freddie Star. Thank you for the memories and may you rest in peace. @FreddieStarr.”
“Very Sad thanks for the memories and Laughs #freddiestarr,” wrote another.
One said: “Gutted about #Freddiestarr . Such sad news. I grew up with his comedy and we should all remember what a funny man he was. RIP you comedy legend.”
“So sad, a great comedian. Loved watching him on TV R.I.P #FreddieStarr,” said another.
Loose Women panelist Anne Diamond also tweeted: "So sad – Freddie Starr. An incredible and unique talent.
"I remember being in a tv green room with him at Elstree studios and became exhausted with laughter at his repartee. Always difficult and awkward to interview but always worth it! Loved him."
Freddie rose to fame in the early 1970s after appearing on TV show Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance.
He went on to star in a number of his own TV shows, including The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr.
Freddie also presented game show Beat The Crusher and appeared on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2011.
He appeared on the reality show just one year after recovering from quadruple bypass surgery following a heart attack.
He was famously axed from the show after collapsing, amid reports producers feared he could die on the show.
The comic was also the subject of one of the best known British tabloid headlines of all time.
A story ran in The Sun on March 13, 1986, entitled 'Freddie Starr ate my hamster', which he later denied in his autobiography.
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