Elton John pays tribute to Paul O’Grady: 'Thank you for all the joy you brought into the world'

Virgin Radio

29 Mar 2023, 13:50

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Elton John has paid tribute to legendary TV host and comedian Paul O’Grady, who has died at the age of 67.

It was announced that Paul - known for presenting shows such as Blankety Blank and For the Love of Dogs, as well as for his drag queen persona Lily Savage - died “unexpectedly but peacefully” last night (March 28). 

In a statement, Paul’s husband Andre Portasio said: “He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion. I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years."

Tributes have been pouring in from a host of big names, including Queen Consort Camilla, and now Elton John has taken to social media to pay his respects. 

Posting a picture of himself with Paul as Lily Savage on Instagram, the musician wrote: “Saddening news to hear of Paul O’Grady’s passing this morning.”

The post continued: “A brilliant entertainer, wit, and supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and the fight against AIDS and HIV who I was fortunate enough to spend time with including when he hosted @davidfurnish's and my Stag Party before our Civil Partnership in 2005.”

The singer concluded: “Thank you for all the joy you brought into the world, Paul. You went places nobody had gone before and we will miss you very much.”

Virgin Radio’s own Chris Evans also shared a tribute on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch today (Wednesday 29th March), describing him as, “absolutely straight down the middle a wonderful human being. Really funny, unbelievably clever.”

Chris added: “He didn't say much, which is extraordinary if you think about what he did for a living, but he didn't say much, but when he said it, it really meant something.”

Read more tributes.

The thoughts of everyone at Virgin Radio go out to Paul’s friends and family.