The comedian Eddie Large, who found TV fame as part of double act Little and Large, has died at the age of 78 after contracting coronavirus, his son has said.

The Scottish comedian - born Edward Hugh McGinnis - had underlying health issues and underwent a heart transplant in 2003. After his transplant he ceased performing as a double act with Syd Little but they remained devoted friends.

Eddie (right) with Syd Little 

In a message posted to Facebook, his son Ryan said, "My dad, Edward Mcginnis,passed away in the early hours of this morning.

"He had been suffering with heart failure and unfortunately, whilst in hospital, contracted the coronavirus, which his heart was sadly not strong to fight.

Eddie Large 

"Dad fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible disease we had been unable to visit him at the hospital but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day.

"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them every week.

"RIP Dad. We love you and miss you from all the family."

Syd Little and Eddie Large received their big break when they won TV talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1971. They went on to have their own weekend show on BBC, which attracted millions of viewers.