At the age of 67, “the comedian and presenter” Paul O’Grady passed away. According to his lover, Andre Portasio, he passed away on Tuesday night “unexpectedly yet calmly.”
O’Grady became well-known in the 1990s as the famous Lily Savage of the Scouse drag scene, going on to host the game show Blankety Blank and other light entertainment shows. Later in his career, he began hosting other conversation shows, where he also displayed his passion for dogs.
Paul went away abruptly but quietly last night, Mr. Portasio stated, adding, “It is with great sadness that I notify you of this.”
“His friends, family, and all those who appreciated his wit, humour, and kindness will sincerely miss him.”
ITV’s Lorraine Kelly described O’Grady as “a very special man. This is such bad news. Paul O’Grady, who is brave, compassionate, funny, and brilliant, tweets. He will definitely be missed.”
O’Grady made one of his most recent television appearances alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort, for a special episode of the ITV programme For the “Love of Dogs,” which he helped create in 2012. The programme followed the staff of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, an organisation for which he served as an intern.
O’Grady was born in 1955 in Birkenhead, on the Wirral, in Merseyside. In the 1970s, he started making appearances as “Lily Savage.” The drag queen later built a reputation for herself by speaking out about LGBT problems during a solo performance that ran for eight years at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
From 2004 to 2005, he served as anchor of the teatime show “The Paul O’Grady Show” on ITV before transferring it to Channel 4. During a 2017 Channel 5 revival of the programme, he also took over hosting duties for Blind Date from close friend Cilla Black.
Paul O’Grady earned a “National Television Award for The Paul O’Grady Show,” a British Comedy Award, and a TV Bafta over his career. O’Grady was selected as one of Kent’s deputy lieutenants in November. He resided in Aldington, a town close to Ashford. It falls under the purview of the function to represent the monarch at local gatherings.