SIR KEN Dodd's affinity and rapport with his fans can be explained by the comedian's assertion that his was the "best job in the world because I can only see people smiling and laughing".
He was no stranger to the Wearside stage having returned several times over the length of his long career with the Ken Dodd Happiness Show, during which he created his famous "Diddy Men" and became known for his tickling stick.
Holmes also confirmed Dodds's death in a statement which read: 'To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats.
Dodd, who was knighted by Prince William last year, died on Sunday in the house where he was born, just two days after marrying his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones, on Friday.
"He was a comedy legend and a genius". His song Tears was the third highest-selling single of the 1960s in Britain; beaten only by two Beatles classics (She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand).
His publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association: "They got the registrar and were married in the house". Anne is obviously very upset.
Tributes to Dodd poured in following the announcement of his death.
He tweeted: "So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd.I met him once and I've never forgotten it.Gawd bless 'im". A privilege, and a loss.
"So happy I got to meet him once, and more importantly, saw him do one of his incredible 5 hour shows".
Television personality Claire Sweeney, a fellow Liverpudlian, shared some photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter. I have a lot to thank you for.
His TV shows included The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken and Ken Dodd's Laughter Show, and he entered the big time in 1965 with the longest-ever run at the London Palladium - 42 weeks.