Comedy legend Eddie Large dies after testing positive for coronavirus

The sad news was confirmed by his family

Eddie Large

by Nathan Katnoria |
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Comedian Eddie Large, best known for being part of double act Little and Large, has sadly passed away aged 78 after being admitted to hospital with heart failure. He tested positive for coronavirus.

The news was confirmed on social media by his son Ryan, who wrote, “It is with great sadness that Mum and I need to announce that my Dad, Edward McGinnis, passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Eddie Large and Syd Little

"He had been suffering with heart failure and, unfortunately while in hospital, contracted the coronavirus which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.

"Dad had fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible disease we had been unable to visit him at the hospital but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day.

"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them each week."

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Eddie’s comedy partner Syd Little added, “I am devastated to have lost not just my comedy partner of 60 years, but my friend of 60 years."

Speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire, he continued, “We were together 60 years. It wasn't like having a partner. We were friends.

“We did everything there was to do in showbiz and we did it together. Happy times."

Syd and Eddie formed the duo Little and Large in 1963 and went on to win talent show Opportunity Knocks. Their long-running sketch show which aired on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s regularly attracted audiences of millions.

The likes of Ant and Dec, Lenny Henry and Jason Manford have all paid tribute to Eddie, who is survived by wife Patsy, his three children and three grandchildren.

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