The comedian, actor, and writer, Paul O'Grady died at the age of 67. The sudden death of Paul was a shock and a surprise for many people. Shortly after the news of his death broke, his husband Andre Portasio sent a message to all his fans.
This is a very difficult time for Portasio and his family, and he requests privacy during these difficult times.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.
We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.
I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years”. - he said, as quoted by mirror.co.uk
Malcolm Prince reacted
In the wake of his friend's death, Malcolm Prince expressed his profound sorrow.
As a result of hearing this tragic news, Prince was not prepared for it. There were many plans that O'Grady had for the future, but unfortunately, he won't be able to see them come true. "Surrounded by his beloved dogs, he was laughing, smiling, and full of life.
He was so proud of 'Annie', so happy to be back on Boom Radio, and he was looking forward to so many new projects. And now he's gone. I can't believe it. We have lost a unique talent - and I've lost a dear friend. We were all lucky to have Paul in our lives.
My heart goes out to Andre, Paul's family, and friend. Oh how I'll miss him" ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly is particularly sad. “Such sad news. Paul O’Grady – funny, fearless, brave, kind and wise. Will be sorely missed. A really special man”.