Comedian Freddie Starr died of heart disease, a post-mortem has confirmed.
The 76-year-old entertainer and lead singer of The Midnighters was found dead at his home in Costa Del Sol on Thursday, according to reports.
The results showed the comedian, who suffered a major heart attack in April 2010 and underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery, died of natural causes.
Dr Sebastian Diaz, director of Malaga province's Institute of Legal Medicine, said in a statement: "The only thing I can tell you about Mr Freddie Starr's death is that his death was the result of a natural process, and specifically an ischemic heart disease."
His manager appeared to confirm the news in a post on Facebook and Twitter pages claiming to belong to Starr.
The post said: "This is Freddie's manager just to confirm Freddie has passed away."
The comedian was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour, rising to national prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.
Starr's fellow comic Jim Davidson was among those paying tribute to the Merseyside-born personality.
He tweeted: "Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest."
Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.— Jim Davidson (@JimDOfficial) May 9, 2019
Actor Bobby Davro called Starr the "most naturally funny man I've ever seen" and paid tribute to him on social media on TV.
I've just heard that Freddie Starr has died.— Bobby Davro (@BobbyDavro1) May 9, 2019
He was the funniest man I have ever seen.
I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie. 💔
He told Good Morning Britain on Friday: "I might have been one of the last people to speak to him."
Davro continued: "I went over to Spain to do a couple of gigs last year. Someone said he was living in that place in Spain. I got in touch with him, I got hold of his number and phoned him up.
"I want to remember the Freddie we all remembered. Rest in peace, Freddie.
He was fantastic."
TV presenter Amanda Holden said she hoped Starr was "remembered with a smile".
Writing on Twitter, she said: "Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today. His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion & favour-but it's important to recognise his once huge popularity& fame."
Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today.His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion & favour-but it’s important to recognise his once huge popularity& fame.The outrageous & edgy parody’s were infamous.I hope his legacy is not smalled down and he’s remembered with a smile pic.twitter.com/M77Pu4xp1f— Amanda Holden (@AmandaHolden) May 9, 2019
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