Opportunity Knocks star Freddie Starr was reportedly found dead at his Spanish home, the publication said. The report said Freddie was found on the floor of his Costa Del Sol apartment by a carer. A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told The Mirror: “His carer found him dead in his chair around 3.30pm. Police arrived first and then later an ambulance arrived and he was taken away.
“His next door neighbour who is a nurse said he was definitely dead,” they added.
Another source told the publication: “He’s been quite ill ever since he moved in and has barely left his apartment since moving in a couple of years ago.
“He would just sit indoors all day long and he never had any visitors. It’s so tragic.”
Meanwhile, a local paramedics source told The Mirror: “We received a call from the carer of a 76-year-old man around 5.10pm this afternoon local time from an address in a residential area known as Urb. Midas Golf.
“She said she had found him and she was looking after him because he had been ill and could be dead.
“Medical responders were dispatched but I do not know what happened subsequently at this stage and if the man was confirmed dead at the scene or not.”
According to The Telegraph, police sources said there was nothing to suggest Freddie’s death was suspicious.
The publication reported an autopsy is expected to take place tomorrow in order to rule out the possibility his death was the result of a crime.
The cause of death of the comedian, who was known to have suffered from asthma and heart problems, has not yet been reported.
The impressionist, singer and actor started off as the frontman of Merseybeat band the Midniters in the early 1960s.
He found fame after starring on Opportunity Knocksand the Royal Variety Performance the following decade.
In 1986, Freddie famously hit headlines when The Sun published a story titled: “Freddie Starr ate my hamster.”
The article claimed the comedian put a friend’s hamster in between bread and ate it when his pal refused to make him a sandwich after he returned from a gig.
In his 2001 autobiography, however, Freddie refuted the claims, writing: “I have never eaten or even nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small mammal.”
His career dwindled in the 1990s, the latter years of which he presenter game show Beat the Crusher and also took part in Celebrity Fit Club.
In 2011, a year after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery following a heart attack, Freddie headed into the jungle for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
However, he later left the jungle amid reports producers were concerned for his health.