Eddie Large Dead: Little And Large Star dies of coronavirus

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Eddie Large of Little And Large has died at the age of 78 (Photo: Rex; Getty)

Big and small comedian Eddie Large has died at the age of 78 from a coronavirus, his son confirmed today.

The icon, who is best known for her comical partnership with Syd Little, had been hospitalized for heart failure before contracting the deadly Covid-19 virus.

Her son Ryan McGinnis posted on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that Mom and I are to announce that my father passed away in the early hours of the morning.

“He suffered from heart failure and, unfortunately, at the hospital, he contracted the coronavirus, that his heart was unfortunately not strong enough to fight.

“Dad has fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible illness, we were unable to visit him at the hospital, but the whole family and close friends spoke to him every day.

“He will be sorely missed and we are so proud of all that he has accomplished during his career with Syd and we know that he was loved by the millions who watched them every week. “

Eddie and Syd drew 18 million viewers for Little And Large at its peak (Photo: Keith Waldegrave / ANL / REX)
The pair’s hilarious show lasted 11 seasons (Photo: Photonews Scotland / REX)

Along with Syd, Eddie – who was born Edward Hugh McGinnis in Glasgow in 1941 – was a huge success in the 1970s and 80s after finding the award-winning talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1971.

As their popularity increased, in 1978 they launched BBC One’s The Little And Large Show, which combines stand-up routines with hilarious sketch segments.

The pair broke up, but have come together in recent years (Photo: BBC / Remarkable TV / Endemol Shine UK Ltd)

The show, which was compared to the likes of The Two Ronnies and The Morecambe & Wise Show, was a runaway success and attracted an average of 18 million viewers per week.

It took place over 11 series, before ending in 1991.

In addition to Little And Large, the pair appeared in the ITV series Who Do You Do? make impressions as they become popular as pantomime stars.

The comic duo had a highly publicized fall, but they have reconciled in recent years.

Piers Morgan of Good Morning Britain was one of the first stars to pay tribute as he tweeted, “What a sad news – he and Syd Little were one of Britain’s most beloved comedy duos . TEAR.’

Matt Lucas of Little Britain also paid tribute on Twitter, writing, “Eddie Large (with his supersonic friend Syd) was really lovely and kind and encouraging to me when I was a picnic on Shooting Stars. So sad to hear about his passing. “

Michael Barrymore, who was Eddie’s support actor, also rang: “Eddie Large. He was such a funny and talented man.

“I have been his act of support for many years and he has been only kind and attentive to the bottom of the bill. Me. My love and condolences to Patsy, Samantha his daughter and Ryan his son. XXX ’

Later, Eddie appeared in numerous guest actor roles on television and wrote the autobiography Larger Than Life, published in 2005.

Although Eddie and Syd – real name Cyril Mead – rarely worked in double acts in the 2000s, they appeared in Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, in their sketch series Saturday Knight Takeaway.

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In February 2018, they appeared as a couple on Pointless Celebrities.

In 2003, Large underwent a heart transplant at the age of 62, after having been hospitalized the previous year for kidney problems.

The actor is survived by his second wife, Patsy, and three children.

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