Wednesday 18 October 2017

Frank Sidebottom creator dies

Chris Sievey - the man behind comic creation Frank Sidebottom - has died after collapsing at his home
Chris Sievey - the man behind comic creation Frank Sidebottom - has died after collapsing at his home

Chris Sievey - the man behind comic creation Frank Sidebottom - has died after collapsing at his home.

Known for his over-sized, papier-mache head, Frank found fame through a series of TV appearances in the 1980s and remained a popular cult comedy figure.

He died aged 54 after being taken to hospital from his home in Hale, Cheshire, shortly after 1am on Monday morning. He had been recovering from treatment to a tumour to his chest, his agent Nigel Round said.

After having limited success with punk band The Freshies - the band's 1978 song I'm In Love With the Girl On A Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk - Sievey created the role for which he will be best remembered.

Frank Sidebottom styled himself as an aspiring singer-songwriter from Timperley, south Manchester.

His sharp 1950s-style suits and round papier-mache head made him instantly recognisable.

Often accompanied by his sidekick Little Frank - a glove puppet made in his own image - Frank became a regular face on TV in the 1980s and 1990s.

From being an occasional guest on Saturday morning children's TV show No 73, he went on to have a regular slot on late pop impresario Anthony H Wilson's game show Remote Control, where he would introduce the Frank's Fantastic Question section.

His TV fame peaked in the early 1990s with his own series Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show.

David Behrens, who produced the 1992 ITV series, said: "Chris was a genuinely funny and creative comic talent, and he had a huge and loyal base of fans. He had been ill recently but his death is terribly sudden and sad.

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