Freddie Starr: Tributes paid to 'funniest man I've ever seen'

Freddie during a Bushtucker trial

Freddie during a Bushtucker trial

A carer dialled 999 after discovering the former comedian on the floor of his £180,000 townhouse in Mijas near Fuengirola, on the Costa Del Sol.

"I remember watching him once back in the late 80s and thinking, "as long as I've got breath in my body, I'll never be as amusing as Freddie Starr".

Comedian Jim Davidson also tweeted: "Just heard the news".

In 2011 the comedian was caught up in a police investigation into historic sex offences. "I hope his legacy is not smalled down".

In 2014, it was announced he would not be prosecuted over allegations of sexual offences due to insufficient evidence after spending 18 months on bail.

He added: "He was the most naturally amusing man I've ever seen".

A story ran in The Sun on March 13, 1986, entitled "Freddie Starr ate my hamster".

He went on to become one of the best-known comedians of his generation, notorious for the 'Freddie Starr ate my hamster!' rumour that emerged via a United Kingdom tabloid in 1986.

No further action was taken over another alleged victim because it was not in the public interest, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Starr - an impressionist, singer and actor - rose to fame after appearing on Opportunity Knocks in the 1970s.

He performed on the 1970 Royal Variety Performance, impressing the audience with his impression of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

The comic made several memorable appearances on O'Connor's chat show in his heyday.

He became known for his unpredictable and eccentric comedy routines.

He later took part in ITV's I'm a Celebrity but left the show after being taken to hospital following a suspected allergic reaction.

Starr sold his United Kingdom home and moved to a one-bedroom flat in Spain in 2015 after he was faced with a £960,000 legal bill for bringing a...

He purportedly thanked fans for their messages of support in a Facebook post earlier this month.

"The woman said she had found the man and she was looking after him because he had been ill and said she thought he could be dead".

Starr was well-known in the United Kingdom for his comedy at the height of the 70s - but more prolifically for a notorious tabloid headline published on March 13, 1986 which said "Freddie Starr ate my hamster".