Liverpool comic Tom O’Connor has died aged 81.
The comedian and actor hosted the Name That Tune musical quiz from 1976 to 1988.
He was also well known for hosting game shows Crosswits, Pick Pockets, and The Zodiac Game.
O’Connor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 14 years ago and his condition had worsened in the past two years.
He died in hospital on Sunday morning with his family around him, they described him as a “true gentleman”.
O’Connor’s acting career began in men’s clubs, but he broke into television on shows such as The Comedians and Opportunity Knocks.
It then established itself as a household name in the ’70s and’ 80s, most notably in Pick Pockets and The Zodiac Game.
O’Connor hosted Name That Tune from 1976 to 1983.
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Later in his career, O’Connor continued to appear on television, appearing in the BBC Doctors soap opera in the early 2000s and the celebrity edition of Come Dine With Me in 2010.
In 2011, he also appeared in the Pointless Celebrities quiz with his stepdaughter Denise Lewis, who is a former Olympic athlete.
Liverpool City Council paid tribute to O’Connor in a post on his official Twitter page.
“Sad news regarding the death of veteran Liverpool comedian Tom O’Connor,” he said.
“Our hearts are with his family and friends. Thanks for the laughs, Tom.
TV presenter Piers Morgan also paid tribute to O’Connor.
“RIP Tom O’Connor, 81 years old. Comedian, game show host, Liverpool legend and a very funny man, ”he tweeted.
” Bad news. Thanks for all the laughs, Tom.
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker tweeted: ‘How sad. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom O’Connor and he was kind, funny and a true gentleman.
“I loved watching it on TV – Crosswits was awesome. My sympathies go out to his family and friends. “