Phillip Schofield says Bobby Ball was ‘sweet and kind’ in This Morning tribute

Phillip Schofield paid tribute to the late comedian Bobby Ball on Thursday's This Morning, marking the comic's legacy.

Ball died tragically aged 76 after a short battle with coronavirus, leaving his many friends and fans devastated.

Speaking on This Morning, Phillip added his own mark of respect and added: "He was such a lovely man. Genuinely lovely, sweet kind man, that’s horrible."

Along with his co-presenter Holly Willoughby, Phil then read out a tribute from Ball's friend Tommy Cannon.

Leading the tributes, Cannon said: "Rock on, my good friend, I can't believe this, I'm devastated."

With Ball's manager confirming his death, his wife Yvonne has released a statement, reading: "I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous."

The legendary performer died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Wednesday evening, after suffering from breathing problems, with doctors later revealing he had suffered from Covid.

Announcing Ball's tragic death, his manager Phil Dale said: "At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.

"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.

"She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel."

He then asked that fans respect the family's need for privacy at this difficult time.

Ball was one half of the famous comedy duo Cannon and Ball, who launched their careers on the cabaret scene in Northern England.

In 2005, the comedy act appeared on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! bringing a welcome dose of comedy to the Aussie jungle.

Since Ball's death was announced, tributes have been flooding in frm acts such as Les Dennis, Ed Gamble and Jason Manford, reflecting on his legacy in the world of comedy.

This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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