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Tom O’Connor Comedian Tom O39;Connor dies aged 81

Tom O'Connor Comedian Tom O39;Connor dies aged 81
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Liverpool comedian Tom O'Connor dies, aged 81 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 14:00:00 +0100-The entertainer, born in Bootle, Merseyside, was best known for presenting a number of hit gameshows including Crosswits and Name That Tune. O'Connor died …

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Comedian Tom O’Connor dies aged 81

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Comedian Tom O’Connor has died aged 81, his family has announced.

The entertainer, born in Bootle, Merseyside, was best known for presenting a number of hit gameshows including Crosswits and Name That Tune.

O’Connor died on Sunday morning, his family confirmed via his agent.

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Tom O’Connor (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

O’Connor’s comedy career started out in working men’s clubs, however he broke into television on shows including The Comedians and Opportunity Knocks.

He then went on to establish himself as a household name through the 70s and 80s including in Pick Pockets and The Zodiac Game.

O’Connor hosted Name That Tune from 1976 until 1983.

Later in his career O’Connor continued to appear on television, starring in BBC soap Doctors in the early 2000s and the celebrity edition of Come Dine With Me in 2010.

In 2011 he also appeared on the Pointless Celebrities quiz show with his daughter-in-law Denise Lewis, who is a former Olympic athlete.

Liverpool City Council paid tribute to O’Connor in a post on its official Twitter page.

“Sad news breaking about the death of veteran Liverpool comedian Tom O’Connor,” it said.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Thanks for the laughs, Tom.”

TV presenter Piers Morgan also paid tribute to O’Connor.

“RIP Tom O’Connor, 81. Comedian, TV game show host, Liverpool legend & a very funny man,” he tweeted.

“Sad news. Thanks for all the laughs, Tom.”

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker tweeted: “How sad. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom O’Connor and he was kind, funny and a true gent.

“I loved watching him on telly – Crosswits was great. My sympathies are with his family and friends.”

Former EastEnders actor Stuart Anthony paid tribute to O’Connor in a post on Twitter.

He wrote: “Very sad to hear that Tom O’Connor has passed away.

“He was a lovely man with some great stories.

“My thoughts are with his family.”

 

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Tom O’Connor

Comedian Tom O’Connor has died aged 81, his family has announced.

The entertainer, born in Bootle, Merseyside, was best known for presenting a number of hit gameshows including Crosswits and Name That Tune.

O’Connor died on Sunday morning, his family confirmed via his agent.

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Tom O’Connor (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

O’Connor’s comedy career started out in working men’s clubs, however he broke into television on shows including The Comedians and Opportunity Knocks.

He then went on to establish himself as a household name through the 70s and 80s including in Pick Pockets and The Zodiac Game.

O’Connor hosted Name That Tune from 1976 until 1983.

Later in his career O’Connor continued to appear on television, starring in BBC soap Doctors in the early 2000s and the celebrity edition of Come Dine With Me in 2010.

In 2011 he also appeared on the Pointless Celebrities quiz show with his daughter-in-law Denise Lewis, who is a former Olympic athlete.

Liverpool City Council paid tribute to O’Connor in a post on its official Twitter page.

“Sad news breaking about the death of veteran Liverpool comedian Tom O’Connor,” it said.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Thanks for the laughs, Tom.”

TV presenter Piers Morgan also paid tribute to O’Connor.

“RIP Tom O’Connor, 81. Comedian, TV game show host, Liverpool legend & a very funny man,” he tweeted.

“Sad news. Thanks for all the laughs, Tom.”

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker tweeted: “How sad. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom O’Connor and he was kind, funny and a true gent.

“I loved watching him on telly – Crosswits was great. My sympathies are with his family and friends.”

Former EastEnders actor Stuart Anthony paid tribute to O’Connor in a post on Twitter.

He wrote: “Very sad to hear that Tom O’Connor has passed away.

“He was a lovely man with some great stories.

“My thoughts are with his family.”


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Comedian Tom O'Connor dies aged 81 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 14:00:00 +0100-Acclaimed Liverpool comedian Tom O'Connor has died, aged 81. The TV presenter, born in Bootle, passed away in hospital today surrounded by his family.

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Liverpool comedian Tom O’Connor dies, aged 81

July 18, 2021

Acclaimed Liverpool comedian Tom O'Connor has died, aged 81.

The TV presenter, born in Bootle, passed away in hospital today surrounded by his family.

The former Crosswits host was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease 14 years ago and his condition worsened in the last two years.

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O'Connor, who attended St Mary's College, Crosby, rose to fame on TV show Opportunity Knocks which he won three times.

He went onto successes with game shows like Pick Pockets, The Zodiac Game, Name That Tune, Password and Gambit.

O'Connor, father-in-law of Olympic athlete Denise Lewis, died at Wrexham Hospital today, leaving a wife and four children.

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The front cover of the single Festival Song – the song, sung by Tom O'Connor (pictured) and co-written by Danny Guy and Derek Cleary, celebrated Liverpool's International Garden Festival of 1984 (Image: Liverpool Echo)

In his early working life he was a maths and music teacher and then performed stand-up in men's working clubs.

His “Never a cross word” catchphrase at the end of Crosswits became known in households up and down the country.

Tributes have been paid to O'Connor, calling him a “true gentleman.”

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John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, said: “So sorry to hear that Tom O'Connor has died.

“He was a funny man and one of life’s gentlemen.

“Thanks for the laughs and Gawd bless you, Tom.”

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Ken Dodd funeral, Liverpool Cathedral. Stan Boardman and Tom O'Connor (Image: Daily Mirror)

Former Newsround presenter Lizo Mzimba said: “Very sad news that comedian Tom O’Connor best known from shows like Opportunity Knocks, The Comedians, Name That Tune and many more has died aged 81.”

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