Eddie Large dies from coronavirus at 78 – Syd Little remembers ‘happy times’ with comedy partner of sixty years – The Sun

HEARTBROKEN Syd Little has paid tribute to his comedy partner of 60 years Eddie Large after he died from coronavirus aged 78.

The pair were famous for their double act in the 1970s and 1980s and were fondly known as Little And Large by their beloved fans.

Syd has now paid tribute to his closest pal in a poignant interview after he tragically died alone in hospital as wife Patsy and his children were not allowed to visit due to Covid-19.

Speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire, Syd said: "He had been ill for a while but when it happens, it hits you.

"We were together 60 years. It wasn't like having a partner. We were friends."

The comic said he had remained in almost daily contact with his comedy partner and spoke to him on Wednesday night shortly before he passed away.

Syd added: "He was in pain, bless him, but he even asked me how are we up here [in Lancashire].

"He was so thoughtful to everybody."

Reflecting on their 60-year career, the comedian continued: "We did everything there was to do in showbiz and we did it together. Happy times."


After forming double act Little and Large in 1963, Syd and Eddie went on to win Opportunity Knocks and had a long-running comedy sketch show on BBC One in the 1970s and 80s that attracted audiences of millions.

Announcing his dad's death today, son Ryan wrote: "It is with great sadness that Mum and I need to announce that my Dad, Edward McGinnis, passed away in the early hours of this morning.

"He had been suffering with heart failure and, unfortunately while in hospital, contracted the coronavirus which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.

"Dad had fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible disease we had been unable to visit him at the hospital but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day.

"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them each week."

In a statement, Little said: "I am devastated to have lost not just my comedy partner of 60 years, but my friend of 60 years."

Large, who lived near Bristol, leaves behind wife Patsy and his 26-year-old son. He also has two daughters and three grandchildren.

His agent Peter Mansfield confirmed his death, saying: "His family were very sad not to be able to be in the same room as him, touching him, in the last week because of coronavirus.

"They were only able to speak on the phone which was obviously very sad for them.

"But they wanted to say thank you to the NHS which was fantastic throughout."

He added: "He was at Southmead Hospital and the Papworth Hospital, which did his heart transplant 17 years ago, were in constant communication and a great help as well.

"The family wanted to say how grateful they are for the extra 17 years that they have had with Eddie. And a huge thank you to the donor and the donor's family."

The Glasgow-born comic, who grew up in Manchester, had suffered previous health troubles – particularly with his heart and kidneys.

He revealed how he spent weeks in intensive care before receiving a heart transplant in 2003.

He was later hospitalised after a serious fall near his home in 2013. While being treated, he contracted pneumonia, had pancreatic problems and a collapsed lung.

His ailing health is what sparked him to split from his Little and Large comedy act, saying it was the "hardest" thing he had to do.

He said: "That phone call to Syd was the most painful I've ever had to make.

"I was crying my eyes out because I knew I was putting him out of work. He had bills to pay. I felt horrible.

"We weren’t just a double act. We were mates, right from the start."

Tributes were paid to Large today, who was remembered as a "great chap" and a "gentle, funny man".

A tweet from Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly's joint Twitter account said: "So sad to hear about the passing of Eddie Large. We had the pleasure of working with him and Sid a few years ago. He just loved making people laugh. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. X"

Fellow comedian Timmy Mallett said: "Dear Eddie Large – thank you for the laughter and joy. Deepest condolences to all your family and friends."

Actress Kate Robbins tweeted: "Sorry to hear the comedian Eddie Large has died. What a great chap he was. A real pro. Rest in peace Eddie".

Linda Lusardi, who was only recently discharged from hospital after battling the deadly virus, said she was "devastated" by the news.

Little Britain's Matt Lucas paid tribute on Twitter, writing: "Eddie Large (along with his supersonic friend Syd) was really lovely and kind and encouraging to me when I was a nipper on Shooting Stars. So sad to hear of his passing."

TV host Piers Morgan described the comedy duo as "one of Britain's most beloved".

Jason Manford tweeted: "So sorry to hear about Eddie Large passing away. Came to every comedy and musical show I did whenever I hit Bristol and was always around for a chat about comedy and Man City afterwards. Such a gentle, funny man. RIP Eddie."

Manchester City FC, who Large supported, tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City is sad to hear that lifelong City fan and celebrity Eddie Large has passed away aged 78. Our thoughts are with Eddie's friends and family at this difficult time."

Paul Chuckle remembered Large as a "funny and lovely man" in a tweet, writing: "RIP the very talented Eddie Large. Such a funny and lovely man. Love goes out to his family at this time."

Boxer Frank Bruno tweeted: "RIP Eddie Large of Little & Large we spent loads of quality time together including pantomimes and TV appearances Funny funny man & great to work with."

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New Jersey doctor dies days after showing coronavirus symptoms

A New Jersey ER doctor has died in his husband’s arms in their New York City apartment — just days after he started to notice coronavirus symptoms, according to a report.

Dr. Frank Gabrin of East Orange General Hospital stayed home from work as of Thursday after he began feeling sick, his husband, Arnold Vargas, told WNBC.

He had not been tested for the coronavirus, Vargas said, adding that as a health care professional, they were quite certain he was infected.

On Tuesday morning, Gabrin woke up with chest pain, so they called police — but he died in Vargas’ arms before help arrived about 30 minutes later, according to the station.

Dr. Alvaro Alban, chairman of the Emergency Department at the hospital, said Gabrin was “delightful, caring and wonderful to work with.”

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“He had every intention to help. He was eager to keep working in the E.D. and was disappointed when he started to get symptoms. His intention was that his fever would break,” Alban told the news outlet in a statement.

“Dr. Gabrin was motivated, on a mission and wanted to keep working,” he added.

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‘Healthy’ banker, 47, dies alone in coronavirus self-isolation just 2 days after symptoms started – The Sun

A 'HEALTHY' banker died alone while in coronavirus self-isolation just two days after his symptoms started.

Tim Galley, 47, developed a tickle in his throat on Sunday last week after going out to a stag do the night before.

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He then developed a fever on Monday and decided to stay home from work and self-isolate.

But tragically, his body was found at his Wrexham home in Wales on Tuesday – having to be carried out by medics in protective clothing.

His broken-hearted girlfriend Donna Cuthbert today revealed she hadn't even been able to visit him before his sudden death due to coronavirus isolation.

She told North Wales News: "As he was getting steadily worse I asked him to phone for an ambulance but he kept on saying to me that he was fine, that he had no underlying health conditions and that they would be too busy dealing with other people."

She said he had even told her "don't be silly" when she said she was worried they wouldn't be able to see each other during the quarantine.

Donna said: "On Tuesday morning I was panicking as Tim didn't return my calls. I asked his neighbour to check on him as they had a key. They found him in bed."

The mother said she was now left devastated by her loss – urging people to listen to the government when it came to coronavirus advice.

She said: "Tim took all the precautions but still this virus got him, my heart is shattered into tiny pieces."

What to do if you think you have coronavirus symptoms

What are the signs?

Common symptoms of the new coronavirus include:

  • new continuous cough, and/or a high temperature
  • high temperature

Some people will also notice a shortness of breath.

What if you need medical advice?

If you think your condition is getting worse, seek medical attention quickly and dial 999 in an emergency.

If it's not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online here.

If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

All routine medical and dental appointments should be cancelled while you are sick and staying at home.

What should you do?

If you think you have symptoms of Covid-19 – however mild –  stay at home.

Public Health England's new advice states: "Stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started."

You should stay two metres (about three steps) away from other people in your home, and sleep alone, where possible.

His death comes after a mum died of suspected coronavirus hours after paramedics visited her at home and told her she was "not a priority".

Kayla Williams, 36, died at her flat in Peckham, South London on Saturday, a day after her husband called 999 when she fell ill.

Her husband, Fabian Williams, told The Guardian that mum-of-three Kayla was suffering from a cough, high fever and severe chest and stomach pains.

Documents seen by The Guardian are said to confirm Kayla suspected of having been infected with Covid-19.


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The UK has currently recorded more than 400 deaths, with 9,000 cases.

This week, a 21-year-old woman became the youngest with no underlying health problems to die in the UK.

British diplomat Stephen Dick, 37, also died in Hungary after catching the virus.

Meanwhile, Clarence House yesterday confirmed Prince Charles had tested positive for coronavirus.

The 71-year-old remains in isolation in Scotland and remains in a good condition.

The Queen is in good health in Windsor Castle.


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Mother 'dies of coronavirus' after being told she was not a priority

Mother, 36, ‘dies of coronavirus’ in her flat after being told she was not a priority when she called 999

  • Kayla Williams called with fever, cough and severe pains in stomach and chest  
  • NHS staff told the mother of three to take care of herself at Peckham home 
  • Paramedic then told her husband hospital would not take the patient
  • They said she was not a priority and Ms Williams died in south London flat 
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A mother of three has died in her flat after calling 999 and being told she was not a priority despite displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

Kayla Williams died of suspected Covid-19 at her apartment in Peckham, the day after call handlers told her to look after herself at home.

The 36-year-old’s life was cut short on Saturday, when paramedics came to her south London address.

Kayla Williams (pictured) died at home in Peckham, south London, after being told she was not a priority 

Husband Fabian Willams told the Guardian that his wife was suffering a cough, high fever and severe chest and stomach pains on Friday.

Documents have revealed that she was being treated as a suspected coronavirus case when she was told to stay at home. 

Mr Williams said: ‘I called 999 because my wife was breathless, she was vomiting and she had pains in her stomach. 

‘As I was talking to them she was getting worse and they told me to put her on the floor and to make her body flat.’

A paramedic came over to perform some tests on the patient at 8.32am but told the couple the hospital wouldn’t admit her.

Mr Williams said. ‘She told me the hospital won’t take her, she is not a priority. She did not stay very long and she went outside to write her report and posted it through the door.’

When his wife’s condition worsened the next day, Mr Williams ran her a bath and helped to dress her.

He left her to rest in the lounge and then came back to find her slumped over. ‘She was already dead,’ he told the paper.  

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Queens man dies from coronavirus after doctors sent him home

A 76-year-old Queens man infected with COVID-19 died after being sent home from a hospital to self-quarantine, The Post has learned.

Teodosio Torres had been rehabbing his broken hip at Regal Heights Rehabilitation for two months and had underlying health conditions of diabetes and high blood pressure, police sources said.

On Friday, he was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens after showing potential symptoms of coronavirus— but was sent home the same day and told to isolate himself as doctors waited for his test results, which eventually came back positive for the deadly bug, the sources said.

His wife called the hospital Sunday when his health began to deteriorate, the sources said.

Torres died Wednesday in his Jackson Heights apartment just after 5:45 p.m., according to sources.

It was unclear why Torres had not been admitted to the hospital after his wife’s plea for treatment.

Torres’ wife could not immediately be reached for comment.

On Wednesday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio said 1,871 people tested positive for COVID-10 in the city and 11 had died. It was not immediately clear whether Torres’ death was included in that count.

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Man in his late 50s dies from coronavirus in Bristol

Man in his late 50s dies from coronavirus in Bristol: UK death toll rises to at least 22 as government prepare to release latest official figures

  • Man was being cared for at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and was in his 50s
  • Have been over 1,000 confirmed cases of the illness across the UK so far
  • The man had underlying health conditions and his family have been informed  
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A man in his late 50s has died in Bristol after contracting the coronavirus, pushing the UK death toll to at least 22. 

So far in the UK there have been over 1,000 confirmed cases of the disease and the department of health and social care today pushed back releasing new information as they continue to grapple with the increasing number of cases and deaths. 

In a statement, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and had tested positive for Covid-19, has died. 

‘The patient who died was in his late-fifties and had underlying health conditions. 

A man in his late 50s has died at Bristol Royal Infirmary after contracting the coronavirus

‘The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We will not be commenting further and ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy.’ 

It comes as eleven new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of known cases there to 45.

The Department of Health said people with mild symptoms – new persistent cough and/or fever – should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days and that they will not require testing.

In Wales there were 34 new cases today, pushing its total to 94. A huge jump from 60. 

Charities have advised families to check elderly relatives have everything they need after Matt Hancock said over-70s will soon be asked to stay at home for four months.

The Alzheimer’s Society has not advised against visiting elderly relatives. 

But it said anyone concerned should ring their loved ones to check they have handwash and hand sanitiser, are cleaning remote controls, door handles and taps regularly, and to see whether they need anyone to do a shopping trip for them.

Independent Age has also not advised against visits, but urged family members to ensure older relatives have all the supplies they need such as food and medication.

Age UK has said elderly people feeling well can still carry on as normal, and go out and meet people, providing basic hygiene measures such as washing hands regularly are observed.

Several care homes in the UK have suspended all visits in a bid to stop the virus spreading and Independent Age has told its volunteers home visits should now be conducted over the phone. 

Mr Hancock said today that people can still visit elderly family members and neighbours as long as neither party is unwell. 

Public Health Wales said it was working with partners in the Welsh Government and the wider NHS in Wales now that the country had entered the ‘delay’ phase.

The new cases, by local authority area, are: two in Blaenau Gwent, four in Caerphilly, three in Carmarthenshire, one in Ceredigion, four in Swansea, three in Cardiff, one in Monmouthshire, three in Newport, two in Rhondda Cynon Taf, two in Torfaen and one in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The residential areas of eight of the new confirmed cases were still being confirmed on Sunday.

Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, issued a video message describing how the Welsh Government had been ‘working hard to prepare for what is to come’.

‘We are working around the clock with experts here in Wales and around the United Kingdom to do everything we possibly can to protect you and your families,’ he said.

‘Every decision we make is based on the best expert public health advice.

‘It’s really important in facing the coronavirus that we take the right decisions at the right time.’

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: ‘We can confirm that 34 new cases have tested positive for novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 94.

‘Public Health Wales is working within the phased approach to tackling the novel coronavirus outlined in the UK Coronavirus Action Plan – to contain, delay, research and mitigate.

‘We are working with our partners in the Welsh Government, the wider NHS in Wales, and others now that we have entered the ‘delay’ phase.

‘This is now not just an attempt to contain the disease, as far as possible, but to delay its spread.’

Dr Shankar said the advice for the public had changed, with people no longer needing to contact NHS 111 if they believe they may have contracted Covid-19.

Instead, anyone with a high temperature or a new continuous cough should stay at home for seven days and should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

They should only contact NHS 111 if they feel unable to cope with their symptoms at home, their condition worsens or their symptoms do not improve after seven days.

‘The move into the ‘delay’ phase, will include working closely with health boards, NHS 111 and the Welsh Government towards transitioning away from community testing and contact tracing,’ Dr Shankar said.

‘Testing will now focus on cases admitted to hospital, in line with national guidance, and based on symptoms and severity.

‘The move away from community testing gives us greater capacity to test in hospital settings, where the most vulnerable patients will be cared for.’

The announcement of the new cases came as Adam Price, the leader of Plaid Cymru, wrote to Mr Drakeford about the outbreak.

He called for Mr Drakeford to use powers available under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 to prohibit or restrict the holdings of events or gatherings.

‘It is imperative that Wales uses all the powers already at its disposal in order to delay the spread of Covid-19 and we will support you in that endeavour,’ Mr Price wrote.

Mr Price said the measures would give public reassurance and mitigate against community transmission of the virus.

As of March 12, a total of 945 people in Wales had been tested for coronavirus.

On Friday, the country’s health minister, Vaughan Gething, warned that up to 25,000 people in Wales could die amid a worst-case scenario.

He announced that non-urgent surgical procedures and outpatient appointments would be suspended to help the NHS in Wales cope with the virus.

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