Popular TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has passed away at the age of 67. His death was announced by his partner Andre Portasio, who said that O’Grady died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening. The statement also requested privacy for the family during this difficult time. O’Grady was best known for his drag queen persona, Lily Savage, and hosted several popular TV shows such as Blind Date, Blankety Blank, and The Paul O’Grady Show.
O’Grady was a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, and his death has come as a shock to many fans. His compassion, humor, and wit will be missed by not only his family and friends but also the animals he dedicated his time to. He was an ambassador for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and hosted the multi-award-winning ITV show For The Love of Dogs.
In 2017, O’Grady took over the hosting duties of Blind Date, a show hosted by his close friend Cilla Black, who had passed away in 2015. His previous experience in hosting successful shows made him an ideal choice, and he proved to be just as popular with audiences. O’Grady’s contributions to entertainment earned him a special one-off episode with the Queen Consort for For The Love of Dogs, commemorating the 160th anniversary of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
In August 2022, O’Grady presented his final BBC Radio 2 show after hosting the Sunday afternoon program for nearly 14 years. His sparkling personality and entertaining shows won the hearts of many, making him an iconic figure in the entertainment industry. His death has left a void that will be hard to fill, but his memory will be cherished by his fans forever.