Funeral for beloved comedian Freddie Starr to be held today

“Freddie Starr was the greatest”

Jim Davidson

Fans, family and friends of comedian Freddie Starr are expected to turn out to pay their respects at his funeral in Prescot. 

The comic, who became a household name in the 70s, died aged 76 at his home in Spain last month. 

His funeral will be held at Prescot Parish Church at around 1pm. 

A statement on the Freddie Starr Official Facebook page said the service would be followed by a private burial for his family. 

The repatriation and burial are being paid for by funeral director Michael Fogg after fears the comedian would have a pauper’s funeral. 

Starr, who died of heart disease, was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour. 

He rose to national prominence after appearing on Opportunity Knocks. 

His later years were marred by allegations of historic sexual assault and ultimately unsuccessful defamation lawsuit that cost him a rumoured £1million. 

Among the fellow comedians who paid tribute following Starr’s death was Jim Davidson. 

He tweeted: “Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.”

Actor Bobby Davro called Starr the “most naturally funny man I’ve ever seen”. 

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