Keith Harris has sadly passed away after losing his liver cancer battle aged 67.
Keith Harris sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Keith the ventriloquist, best known for his act with green puppet Orville has lost his battle with cancer.
His agent Robert C Kelly said in a statement: “It is with great sadness I announce the death of my friend and client Keith Harris (67) whom I have known for well over 20 years and managed for the past 15 years.
“In 2013 Keith suffered a loss of appetite and a swelling in his abdomen, initially unsure of the cause, the doctors eventually removed his spleen and after a biopsy began treating Keith for cancer.
“Diagnosis proved difficult, however, it was finally narrowed to a very rare form of cancer with no known cure.
“Despite Keith undergoing long and difficult stem-cell replacement treatment during the summer of 2014 and appearing to have fully recovered, it became clear in January of 2015 that Keith was once again becoming unwell.
“Keith visited the oncologist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was told the cancer was in Keith’s liver and there was nothing further they could do.
“Over the past few months, Keith has enjoyed several holidays to his second home in Portugal, taking walks along the Blackpool sea front and sitting in the park eating ice cream and watching the world go by.
“Keith died today, 28 April 2015 at 4.50am in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.”