Gay singer and impressionist Joe Longthorne has died at the age of 64.
A statement on his website read: "Joe died in his bedroom, laying in the arms of his devoted husband of 21 years, Jamie, with his rosary beads clutched tight to his chest. He leaves behind sister Ann and brother John."
Longthorne had had serious health problems going right back to his heyday in the 1980s, when he was diagnosed with the blood cancer, lymphoma.
In the ’90s he developed leukaemia and in 2005 was given the last rites after experiencing complications following a bone marrow transplant.
Longthorne’s big break came in 1981 on the ITV series, Search For A Star. In the following two decades he was a regular performer on television, appearing in programmes including The Les Dennis Laughter Show and The Royal Variety Performance.
He was awarded an MBE in 2012 for charitable services.
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