Freddie Starr found dead in Spain aged 76

Freddie's time on I'm A Celeb... was cut short

The 76-year-old showbiz mainstay was discovered on the floor of his Costa Del Sol apartment at 3.30pm yesterday.

He was famously axed from the show after collapsing, amid reports producers feared he could die on the programme.

It said: "This is Freddie's manager just to confirm Freddie has passed away".

Starr was previously the lead singer of pop group the Midniters during the early 1960s, and later came to fame in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance.

He was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour.

He played on the same night The Beatles had performed in Great Yarmouth at the ABC Cinema in 1963.

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The headline became one of the most notorious in tabloid history, and was named one of the most memorable British front pages in the past century by BBC Newsnight in 2006.

He later said the story, which claimed Starr had placed a hamster between two slices of bread at a friend's home and eaten it, was fabricated by publicist Max Clifford.

He denied it all, writing in his autobiography Unwrapped: "I have never eaten or even nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small mammal".

Police investigated an allegation of historical sexual abuse against Starr in 2012, which he said left him "suicidal".

He later lost a defamation claim against his accuser at the UK High Court in 2015.

Starr's fellow comic Jim Davidson was also among those paying tribute.

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He tweeted: "Just heard the news".

Freddie Starr's carer has detailed the comedian's final moments before his untimely death, as the cause remains unknown.

Actor Bobby Davro said on Twitter that Starr was "one of our greatest comedy talents".

Freddie Starr's pal Bobby Davro has revealed the late comedian turned down a chance to meet up past year as he had "not been too well". I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents.

"The woman said she had found the man and she was looking after him because he had been ill and said she thought he could be dead".

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