Orville the Duck ventriloquist Keith Harris dies, aged 67

Published Tuesday, Apr 28 2015, 11:31 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Keith Harris, the ventriloquist behind Orville The Duck, has died at the age of 67.

The entertainer passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, 28 April following a battle with cancer.

British ventriloquist Keith Harris with his puppet, Orville.

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His agent confirmed the sad news in a statement to Sky News:

"It is with great sadness I announce the death of my friend and client Keith Harris whom I have known for well over 20 years and managed for the past 15 years.

"I spoke to Keith most days whether we had business to do or not. I think I laughed every single time we spoke. Keith was not only a technically great ventriloquist, he was also a gifted mimic and an extraordinarily funny man both onstage and off.

"Perhaps even rarer than that in showbiz, he was a thoroughly decent man, a great friend and a wonderful father and husband. The family have asked for privacy at this time."

Keith and Orville appeared on BBC's The Keith Harris show from 1982 to 1990. A song was also released, 'Orville's Song (I Wish I Could Fly)', which reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.

The duo were invited by the late Princess Diana to perform at Prince William's third birthday and then Prince Harry's third birthday.

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