Comedian Frank Carson, best known for his catchphrase: "It's a cracker", has died aged 85.
Friends in the showbusiness world described him as a "legend".
And his family said Frank was a "husband, father, Gaga and comedian" who had "set off for his final gig".
The Belfast-born stand-up, who was suffering from stomach cancer, died at home surrounded by his family in Blackpool, Lancashire.
The comic rose to fame in the Sixties after winning talent show Opportunity Knocks three times.
He went on to appear in The Comedians and Tiswas.
His friend and television presenter Eamonn Holmes said: "The term legend is often overused – but Frank Carson was a legend and we will never ever see his likes again."
Sir Bruce Forsyth told ITV News: "The only trouble with Frank, as far as I'm concerned, is that he made me laugh too much.
"He'll be remembered as the one and only Frank Carson – the man who loved to make people laugh."
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