A famous television host has just passed away. After a long and successful career in entertainment, including comedy, Denis Norden has died.
Norden was 96 years old at the time of his death. He had spent the last few weeks of his life at the Royal Free Hospital in North London before he took his final breath. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Norden is most well known for hosting a popular television bloopers show that ran for nearly 30 years. He also used his platforms to draw attention to worthy causes that he felt were important, such as raising awareness for macular disease research.
"He was born in Hackney, east London, in February 1922, and trained as a manager for the Hyams brothers, owners of impressive London picture palaces," according to the Mirror. "His small screen career kicked off in 1951 with Here's Television, the BBC sketch show starring Sidney James and Ian Carmichael."
He later found his calling in the world of hosting.
"He became established as a television presenter in the 1970s, hosting Looks Familiar, the nostalgic chat show, before It'll be Alright On The Night hit the airwaves in 1977. Its popularity saw ITV commission spin-off Denis Norden's Laughter File, with both running until his retirement," reported the Mirror.
His family has released a statement on his passing. They sent their deepest thanks to the amazing workers who cared for him in his final weeks.
"We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the dedicated staff and doctors who have looked after him - with much devotion," Nick and Maggie Norden added. "A wonderful dad, a loving grandfather and great-great-grandfather - he gave his laughter-mongering to so many. He will be in our hearts forever."
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