Tributes are being paid to Ken Dodd

The veteran comic holding his famous white and blue'tickling stick surrounded by his Diddymen

And Guinness World Records reacted to the comedian's death, posting an entry from its 1974 book showcasing a "marathon session of joke cracking" from Sir Ken at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

He was a chart-topping singer too. He married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday (March 9), before passing away in the Liverpool home he was born in on Sunday night (March 11).

Ken Dodd was hospitalised earlier this year, but remained adamant that he would return to the stage.

Norah Button, who had worked with Sir Ken since the late 1950s, dropped by to post a card to his widow, Lady Anne, and recalled the last time she worked with him in December.

"He died two days later on Mother's Day".

He was known by colleagues for being careful with cash and when he was earning up to £10,000 per month, he told accountants that he lived on annual expenses of just £3,500, had not bought a new suit for two or three years and never had a holiday until he was 51. Anne is obviously very upset. "It's a love story to beat them all".

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This was followed by countless BBC series, including The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken and Ken Dodd's Laughter Show, and he entered the big time in 1965 with the longest-ever run at the London Palladium (42 weeks).

Dodd's success drew the interest of the taxman, and in 1989 he endured a five-week trial accused of fraud.

Comedian Dara O Briain tweeted: "So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows".

Television personality Claire Sweeney, a fellow Liverpudlian, shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter. He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30 am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz.

Flowers and tickling sticks were laid outside the simple house and many people were saying the same thing: "He always had time for you and he never left us". Eventually, you can go wherever you want and say whatever comes into your head: "How many men does it take to change a toilet roll? I don't like to interrupt her".

- "It's ten years since I went out of my mind".

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