Freddie Starr dead: Comedy legend dies aged 76 at Spanish home

Freddie Starr dead: Comedy legend dies aged 76 at Spanish home

May 10, 2019

MADCAP comedy legend Freddie Starr has been found dead at his Spanish home.

Starr, whose hamster-eating antics led to The Sun’s most famous headline, was 76.

A carer discovered him on the floor of his Costa Del Sol apartment.

The entertainer was one of the biggest stars of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Fans loved his wacky, wild, and unpredictable behaviour.

He starred on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2011 just a year after recovering from quadruple bypass surgery following a heart attack.

But he left the jungle show due to ill health and became a recluse after a comeback bid flopped.

Neighbours in the resort of Mijas told how Freddie had been a shadow of his old self after being hammered with a £960,000 legal bill defending historical sex abuse charges.

He was forced to sell his £700,000 UK home and moved to Spain in 2015, despite never being charged over claims he put his hand up a girl’s skirt in 1974.

Chain-smoking Freddie was reduced to living in a pokey one-bedroom flat — but still loved a laugh.

As recently as February he posted a wacky Facebook snap of himself with cigarettes stuck in his mouth, nose and ears.

His last post just eight days ago read: “I’m ok getting tired more now but otherwise I’m doing good.

“I just have to say thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the kind comments and messages it really does mean a lot so thank you to each and everyone of you thanks so much. Freddie.”

Starr’s body was removed from his home to an ambulance at 8.10pm local time.

His carer was described by locals as a foreign women called Neely who had grown close to Freddie.

The Merseyside-born comic, impressionist, singer and actor had a history of heart problems and asthma.

Police sources said he is believed to have died of natural causes. There were no suspicious circumstances.

A neighbour told The Sun: “Freddie hadn’t looked well for some time and rarely ventured out.

“Whenever he appeared recently his head would be down and he’d be smoking.”

One of Freddie’s last performances was a shambling karaoke Elvis impression at a bar in Fuengirola. Videos of a bloated Freddie in a T-shirt and shorts belting out hits with locals surfaced on Facebook.

A pal said: “He was mortified when that footage got out and realised how far he’d fallen. He wasn’t his old self after that.”

The neighbour added: “It was such a sad end from someone who’d been loved by millions.”

HIS ROUTINES

FREDDIE Starr wowed crowds with his wacky routines which included:

Singing songs sped up to make them sound like a tape being fast forwarded.

Impersonating Adolph Hitler playing football and doing a Nazi salute.

Doing an impression of Norman Wisdom.

Hitting a microphone on his head and falling over.

Performing a magic routine which kept on going wrong.

A singing impression of Ray Charles.

Impersonating Mick Jagger in front of the Royal Family in 1970.

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