Television ventriloquist Keith Harris dies at 67
Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30
Ventriloquist Keith Harris, famous for his act with his puppet duck Orville, died yesterday aged 67, his agent said.
Robert C Kelly said Harris, whom he described as a "thoroughly decent man", was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and became ill again in January.
He said: "I spoke to Keith most days, whether we had business to do or not. I think I laughed every single time we spoke.
"Keith was not only a technically great ventriloquist, he was also a gifted mimic and an extraordinarily funny man, both on stage and off."
Harris, who married four times, had three children.
He entertained generations of children with his sidekick Orville, a bright green duck who wore a nappy, and a monkey called Cuddles.
At the height of his fame, he was a regular on Saturday night television.
His 1982 single with Orville, 'I Wish I Could Fly', was a top five hit in the UK, selling more than 400,000 copies.