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Freddie Starr dies aged 76 Tributes paid as comedian found dead in

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The story claimed Starr placed the small creature between two slices of bread and ate it at a friend’s home after returning from a performance in Manchester.But in his 2001 autobiography Unwrapped, Starr said the incident never took place.During the 1990s, he starred in several TV shows including Freddie Starr (1993-94), The Freddie Starr Show (1996-98) and An Audience with Freddie Starr in 1996.He took part in the 2011 series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here but dropped out due to ill health.A meal of fermented egg and a camel toe forced comic Starr to leave after he suffered an allergic reaction and had to be taken to hospital.Medics advised Starr to drop out of the competition in case his illness flared up again. 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. 💔— Bobby Davro (@BobbyDavro1) May 9, 2019 Freddie Starr, the comedian who rose to fame in the 1970s, has reportedly died at the age of 76.Starr was found dead at his home in Spain, The Sun said, while a post on Facebook and Twitter pages claiming to belong to Starr appeared to confirm the news.A post said: “This is Freddie’s manager. Just to confirm Freddie has passed away. R.i.p to our greatest comedian of all time.”Starr’s fellow comic Jim Davidson was among those paying tribute.He tweeted: “Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.”Actor Bobby Davro said on Twitter that Starr was “one of our greatest comedy talents”. He wrote: “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.”TV presenter Amanda Holden said she hoped Starr was “remembered with a smile”.Writing on Twitter, she said: “Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today. His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion & favour-but it’s important to recognise his once huge popularity& fame.”Britain’s Got Talent host Holden, 48, said Starr’s parodies were “outrageous and edgy” adding she hopes he is “remembered with a smile”. Merseyside-born Starr was the lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s and rose to national prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.He was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour.In 1986, he was famously at the centre of one of the best known newspaper headlines when The Sun splashed with: “Freddie Starr ate my hamster.” Freddie Starr’s pet-eating antics led to The Sun’s most famous headline https://t.co/RuviHDDzbX pic.twitter.com/UQGsj9umhb— The Sun (@TheSun) May 9, 2019 read more