Paul O’Grady, British comedian and beloved ‘Lily Savage’ TV star, dies at 67
British comedian and adored "Lily Savage" TV star Paul O'Grady passes away at age 67.
Paul O'Grady, a British comedian who wears a suit and has white hair and glasses, first gained notoriety as drag queen Lily Savage. He later became a well-liked TV host.
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AFFAIRS STAFF WRITER ALEXANDRA DEL ROSARIOSTAFF MARCH 29, 2023 11:02 AM PT
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Paul O'Grady, a famous British comedian and TV personality who gained notoriety as drag queen Lily Savage, has passed away. He was 67.
O'Grady passed away unexpectedly but quietly on Tuesday evening, according to a statement from the comedian's husband, Andre Portasio, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. O'Grady experienced a number of heart attacks in the early 2000s.
His loved ones, friends, family, animals, and everyone who liked his humour, wit, and compassion will miss him immensely, according to Portasio.
In 1955, O'Grady was born in Birkenhead, England. O'Grady began his acting career as Lily Savage in the 1980s after working as a carer in Camden Town.
O'Grady's Savage swiftly established himself as a mainstay in London's stand-up scene, notably the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, while sporting a huge platinum blond wig, heavy eye makeup, and red lipstick.
Lily Savage had more than simply quick wit and vulgar jokes. O'Grady used his drag queen persona as a platform to discuss AIDS and LGBTQ rights.
O'Grady applied his skills to television in the 1990s. The comic hosted many visitors as the host of "The Lily Savage Show," including Elton John, who paid tribute to O'Grady on Instagram.
John commented on Wednesday, "Thank you for all the joy you brought into the world. We would miss you terribly because you travelled to places no one had ever gone before.
On television, O'Grady has hosted episodes of "The Paul O'Grady Show," "Blind Date," and "Blankety Blank." With his chat show of the same name, the comedian won the entertainment performance BAFTA Award in 2005.
O'Grady started presenting "Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs" on ITV in September 2012. The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, an organisation dedicated to animal rescue, was featured in the television programme.
I've always had an obsession with animals, he admitted to "This Morning" in 2019. All of it is animal. I can't get enough of them.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian that was published in November 2021, O'Grady discussed his close calls with death, his "happiest" memory, and his worst dread (seeing a rat swimming in my toilet).
قال O'Grady ، "أنا لا أهتم ، لأنني لن أكون هنا" ، ردًا على سؤال حول كيف يود أن يتم تذكره. علاقته السابقة هم الناجون الوحيدون منه.